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What is Resource Guarding?

Updated: Jan 28, 2022

Resource Guarding: Behavior exhibited to maintain access, or attain access to something with significant value to the individual.

Human Example: Some of us resource guard our desserts! We don’t punch anyone in the face for them (not typically anyway), but we make it clearly known that we will not be sharing. Get your own, - k? Thanks!


We can see normal levels of resource guarding with our dogs and the things they find valuable. This may look like playing keep-away with their toys or stolen items, hiding or burying their bones, eating their food super fast, or taking a toy from their dog friend.