02 Nov Management of Guard Behaviors
Guarding behavior can be a daunting challenge to overcome, especially if it has increased greatly. If your dog’s behavior has progressed significantly, you must find an experienced trainer/behaviorist with whom to work. Management is a valid alternative until you are able to get help. This involves avoiding the problem or trigger through environmental control. For example, if your dog guards large bones, remove them from your home and do not allow him access to them. Keep the bedroom door closed to a bed-guarder. Be proactive and redirect him to an alternative activity, such as inviting him out for a brief walk. Rehabilitation of a resource-guarder takes time and requires patience. But the payoff in the end for you, your dog, and your friends and family is well worth the effort.