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Behaviour / Dog Behaviour Solutions / Aggression / Resource-guarding behaviour

Resource-guarding Behaviour

Resource-guarding behaviour relates to aggression that dogs (and occasionally cats) show over food, especially food items that the dog regards as being a high-level food resource.

These foods include a raw-hide chew (such as a dried pig's ear), a chicken frame, chicken necks, and chicken legs or similar.

Resource-guarding is typically seen in dog-to-dog and dog-to-human aggression when food is involved. It can be directed towards other Goldie and Rawhide bonenon-dog species.

This behaviour occurs commonly in wild animals - particularly the predatory species and is normal. It relates to the animals' needs to protect valuable resources. This is most typically seen with predators such as lions, tigers, dingoes, wolfs and even vultures as their lives revolve around getting the next ‘meal’.

It also occurs in domestic dogs. It can be mild or it can be serious and can manifest at a chaotic and dangerous level.

Table 1 Resource-guarding Behaviour

Species involved

Dog to dog YES
Dog to human YES
Dog to non-dog (cats, other non-dog pets) YES
Can be a normal behaviour YES
Can be an abnormal behaviour YES
Can be mild YES
Can be serious/dangerous YES
Breed predilection   Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Border Collie, English Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Maltese Terrier and others

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