What’s the problem with ‘Resource Guarding’ to explain certain behaviours in the domestic dogs?
”Resource guarding”, a handy term which has become popular in canine behaviour and dog training over the last decade, is often used to describe behaviours associated with guarding items, food, space and other so-called resources a dog is assumed to deem valuable. Over the years, it has become an umbrella classification for many behaviours, leading to misdiagnoses and sometimes unhelpful or unnecessary interventions.
This workshop will include:
- A review on the origin of the term Resource Guarding.
- Other species. Wild vs domestic dog.
- Scientific studies reporting a lack of evidence for resource guarding in dogs will be summarised and presented in a simple format, including how using the RG approach in shelters/rescues has shown to be unhelpful.
- Common misdiagnoses.
- The special case of food-related aggression.
- If not resource guarding then what?
- Case studies
- Why the label of ‘resource guarding’ may be unhelpful.
- How interventions may differ when using a more individualistic approach.