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Behavioural problems: resource guarding

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Behavioural problems: resource guarding

Resource guarding is when dogs show avoidance (moving or hiding) or aggressive (growling or snapping) behaviour to protect a treasured item. This behaviour has developed because, in the wild, animals need to protect resources that they have from other members of the pack. A dog may feel threatened if it feels another individual is going to take an important resource or stop it from getting to that resource.

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