In our previous sessions we addressed Peanut's resource guarding by teaching him Drop It and
Leave It so we can safely get items from him when we need to. Today we addressed the resource guarding directly by teaching him that our approach when he has an item doesn't mean we are going to take it - and thus him trying to protect it - but rather he is going to get something better when we get close. Isn't that rewarding his growling and snapping, you might ask? No. What we are doing in that situation is changing Peanut's emotional reaction to people approaching him., from "Oh no, here they come to take my stuff" to "Oh wow, here they come with some good stuff!" Within the hour we were able to easily and safely take from him a paper towel that was wet with chicken stock, something he has bitten over in the past.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI