• Shannon Hargis

    June 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I’m so sorry it took so long for this thread to get addressed! 🙂

    Genetics play a big role in resource guarding. Both the pups sound like they have a genetic predisposition to resource guarding and may need some sort of maintenance their entire life. A resource can be anything the dog views as highly valued. This can include but is not limited to human affection, toys, food, bones, and comfortable areas such as their bed. Good job on keeping them off the couch/bed and keeping they bones and toys up.

    The puppies may be defending their kennels because they are being fed in them. Try feeding them outside of their kennels in separate areas. Make sure to put their dishes up afterwards in case they start resource guarding them.

    Make sure there aren’t any bones left in their kennel.

    Try keeping their kennels farther apart.

    An exercise I would recommend that is age appropriate for them: Give puppy A a chew or his dinner. Walk puppy B around (on leash to prevent interaction between puppies) use the “leave it” command when puppy B looks at puppy A. Start from a distance and work your way back and forth around the room but not closer than about 5 feet so you don’t provoke puppy A. The goal here is to teach puppy B that he cannot interfere/provoke/stare down Puppy A while he is eating. Once puppy A is done chewing/eating, then switch roles and have Puppy B chewing/eating while you walk puppy A around.

    A similar exercise: Once the puppies know the “place” command, “place” puppy A in the kennel as you walk puppy B around. Or let puppy B walk around off leash while and use a “leave it” if he seems to be provoking puppy A who is in the ” place” command in the kennel. You can give treats to either.