How to Train your new AussieDoodle puppy
Tips and tricks to change those default jumping and pawing behaviors.
Taking on a new puppy, no matter what the breed, isn’t all bows and bandanas. You’re going to have your hands full for these first few months. Pay attention to the following articles to help you raise a well mannered dog.
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How to Teach My Puppy to Not Be Possessive What is Resource Guarding and Do I Need to Be Concerned? Dogs naturally protect, or guard, the resources they value. These may include any item they deem important: food, bones, toys, their bed or your sofa, and yes, even their people. It’s their way of saying, “This is mine and you can’t have it.” Dogs who protect their resources are not bad dogs. Consider that their predecessors needed this instinct to survive in the wild. Resource guarding is fairly common but potentially dangerous to humans, especially kids. A dog who guards his things could eventually bite the hand that feeds him. This information focuses specifically on prevention. Approaches to correct full-blown resource guarding can vary significantly from the preventative strategies offered here. Corrective methods may require a professional and safety protocols during the training. You’ve probably approached a dog with a bone and noticed him leaning into it, as if to say, “Don’t touch!” Maybe you witnessed a glare, snarl, or a show of teeth (dog language for “Don’t even think about it!”). Ever get close to a dog during his mealtime, and he gobbled up his food as if you might steal it? What about the adorable runaway pup, his mouth clenched onto a prized item such as a toy or tissue, slipper or sock, or your underwear!? Some of these may seem cute while others, well, not so cute. They are all signs that your possessive puppy feels threatened that he’ll lose something. Once a dog is in this mode, it can be difficult to condition this behavior out of them. These behaviors can escalate to very serious Cujo-like behaviors such as barking, biting, and hackles up before the attack. It's much easier to prevent this behavior early on, and here's how.