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How to Treat and Cure Resource Guarding

What It Is? What Causes It? How Do You Cure It? First, What Is Resource Guarding? The behavior commonly known as “resource guarding” is where a dog growls, snaps or bites whenever a human being, another dog, or sometimes another animal (like the family cat) gets too close to something the dog has strong feelings of attraction for. Common objects-of-attraction are food, bones, toys, human attention, and sleeping spots. However, since a “resource” is a general category of things, and since dogs don’t engage in categorical thinking, they can’t really be “guarding their resources.” A better way to put it—as Natural Dog Training creator Kevin Behan does—is that the dog isn’t guarding a “resource”

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