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Resource guarding

Posted on July 2, 2018 at 3:35 PM

When doing your initial consult with a new client it's always good to ask (with multiple dogs) whether one of them is a resource guarder. For those who don't know a resource guarder is overly protective of their food, toy, etc. and can be aggressive if they think another dog is going to try to take it. Years ago I was sitting 3 boxers, sat them many times with no incident. They have a fenced in back yard and were doing their thing at 9:00 pm. I was giving attention to one of them when the other two got into a huge fight and bloodied each other. It was an effort to separate them. The fight was over acorns... yes acorns, you never know what can trigger it. The next day the owner had come home and took them to the vet and all was well. She said she uses the wheelbarrow technique where you grab the hind legs of one of the dogs and lift up like a wheelbarrow, and pull them back. Fortunately I have not had to try that. Always keep a vigilant eye on all dogs in those situations, I only let my guard down for a minute, at night you can wear a head lamp so you can see better and your hands are free if needed to act quickly.

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