October 9, 2020

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Introduce on neutral territory. It’s best to let dogs become familiar with each other on neutral territory: outdoors. Each dog should be walked separately on a leash, and each walker should have a bag of high-value treats or food broken into small pieces. At first, walk the dogs at a distance of 30′ or more,…

October 9, 2020

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Often, owners unwittingly contribute to dog park dangers because they don’t recognize—or don’t interpret correctly—what their dogs are actually doing and learning. Some of the problems cause difficulties only when dogs are meeting and interacting with other dogs. Others can cause future behavior to deteriorate. And still others directly impact dog/owner relationships. Below is a…

By Your Dog’s Friend, a nonprofit in Rockville, MD with Force-free, positive dog training, workshops, & advice. What Is Resource Guarding? Resource guarding refers to a dog displaying behavior (growling, snapping, etc.) intended to convince other dogs or humans to stay away from a particular treasure or “resource.”  The resource can be food, treats, toys,…