Understanding Resource Guarding in Dogs

Resource guarding in dogs is a behavior where dogs protect what they consider a valuable resource, such as food, toys, or even a favorite human.

Resource Guarding

Dogs with resource-guarding behavior may eat faster, deny access by protecting the item, or display aggression, including growling, snarling, and even biting.


Resource guarding can occur due to fear, lack of confidence, a need for control and routine, attempts to establish hierarchy, or a response to confrontational approaches.


Awareness of the problem, creating a management plan, and providing relaxation during feeding time are crucial steps in managing resource guarding in dogs.


After a few weeks of a new feeding routine, you can start creating a new emotional response in your dog. This involves associating your approach with additional food.

New Response

If a dog shows resource-guarding behaviors towards other dogs, it's best to separate them during feeding or when a favorite item is present.


Don't give high-value items unless your dog can enjoy them in peace. Teach your dog to trade items and cues like "drop it" or "leave it".


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