Aggression - Resource Guarding

by Baronessa
(Florida )

We very recently adopted a female pyr mix, she looks pure but it’s guessed that she’s also retriever or lab. We know she’s one year and three months old, her previous owner became ill and she was surrendered to the humane society. We also have 2 cats and a Pomeranian chihuahua mix, when we brought our dog to meet her they exchanged a few growls but otherwise seemed fine. Fast forward to us bringing her home, and she’s going after him like he’s her prey?!?! I know he won’t survive an attack from her so we’ve been using a gate to keep them segregated most of the time. She was also unfazed by either cat (we were told she was ok with cats) until recently as well. I am riddled with anxiety and fear for my other pets because of her size and strength. I also have a 7 year old daughter but as of yet, she seemingly adores her. I know she’s a sweetheart of a dog I desperately want to help her be integrated into the family. Any suggestions how I may get her to stop this behavior? I am trying to feed them away from each other and even show affection apart because it seems to be territorial ad/or food driven at times. Thanks in advance

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Resource Guarding
by: Donna

It's always recommended to feed pets separately if that is the only time she reacts. This can be common. The dog does not know you, does not know the other pets, yet. She only has herself to trust at this point.

You'll have to work with her to gain her trust and you to trust her. It takes time. It will be at least three weeks before she starts to settle in. Be her dance partner and you lead is a good analogy.

You might consider bringing in a positive-reinforcement trainer to help you with this. There is also a free dog training workshop with Susan Garrett. She is really good and knows her stuff. Make sure to read and watch her videos at the top of the page once you join the group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/freedogtrainingworkshop/

I hope this helps.

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