Resource Guarding Aggression

Resource-guarding behaviour relates to aggression that dogs show over food

Resource-guarding commonly occurs over food food items that the dog regards as being a high-level food resource.

These foods include a raw-hide chews (such as a dried pig’s ear), chicken frames, chicken necks, and chicken legs or similar.

Resource-guarding is typically seen in dog-to-dog and dog-to-human aggression when food is involved. It can be directed towards other non-dog species.

This behaviour occurs commonly in wild animals – particularly the predatory species and is normal. It relates to the animals’ needs to protect valuable resources. This is most typically seen with predators such as lions, tigers, dingoes, wolfs and even vultures as their lives revolve around getting the next ‘meal’.

It also occurs in domestic dogs. It can be mild or it can be serious and can manifest at a chaotic and dangerous level.

It also occurs in domestic dogs. It can be mild or it can be serious and can manifest at a chaotic and dangerous level.

 

Resource-guarding Behaviour

Species involved

Dog to dog   YES

Dog to human   YES

Dog to non-dog (cats, other non-dog pets)   YES

Can be a normal behaviour   YES

Can be an abnormal behaviour   YES

Can be mild   YES

Can be serious/dangerous   YES

 

Breed predilection: 

Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Border Collie, English Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Maltese Terrier and others

 

Contents of next page

1. The most common characteristics of Resource-guarding aggression

2. Podcasts on Resource-guarding aggression

3. Remedies for Resource-guarding aggression