Resource Guarding / food aggression.

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Postby mnp13 » February 19th, 2013, 6:03 pm

We have a new member coming in who needs some help with food aggression and her foster dog.

We are making great progress, in small steps...but I am not a trainer. trying to read up on stuff so i can help her. last night she ran past her food to come play....and we got to 12 mins of tug play the other day w a bowl of meat right next to her. but i need more direction, if you are willing to help...please.


Thoughts to get this going?
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Postby Malli » February 19th, 2013, 10:29 pm

tradsies. Something tasty in exchange for her bowl. repeat?
How bad is the aggression/gaurding?
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Postby Hundilein » February 19th, 2013, 10:32 pm

Can we get some more background info? I have a handout on resource guarding that I might be able to share. The steps are quite similar to those in Jean Donaldson's book "Mine".
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Postby mnp13 » February 20th, 2013, 12:22 pm

She has joined, but hasn't been able to post yet. I posted all of the information that I had.
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Postby ArtGypsy » February 21st, 2013, 9:38 am

I won't be the one that can help her with the resource guarding, but I can welcome her! :D

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 22nd, 2013, 5:59 pm

I know that the book "Mine" is like the bible of resource guarding.

She needs to start by leaving the dog alone while he's eating, other than to toss extremely yummy treats from a distance at which the dog is still comfortable. As the dog continues to be comfortable (over days and weeks, not minutes) she can slowly move closer. Once she can be next to the dog, she can just do walk by's where she walks by and drops treats in the dog's bowl (without stopping - keep walking) as he's eating. Once he is starting to look happy about her approach, she can touch his bowl briefly as she's putting treats in. Then progress to holding the bowl while putting treats in, and then progress to picking the bowl up, putting in awesome treats and putting it back down. Again, this is a SUPER LONG PROCESS, weeks and months, but it's not something to skimp on. Doing this in a slow, patient fashion, should make a world of difference.

But seriously, buy "Mine" and find a good positive reinforcement trainer for individualized help.
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Postby mnp13 » February 23rd, 2013, 12:59 am

She lives in the middle of nowhere, so training resources are limited. I'm hopefully going out to evaluate the dogs next week.
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Postby pocketpit » March 3rd, 2013, 8:06 am

I've had good results with the method that Liz posted. I've used it for food guarding behavior as well as toys and other things I've had dogs get pissy over.
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