||[Sep. 27th, 2007|01:26 pm]
Whole Dog Journal
On Guard? page 3
I loved how this article started. It quickly explained what guarding is and that any breed of dog is capable of it. I especially liked how they mentioned children are a risk and why.
The break down of different kinds of guarding was well written. I was glad to see that the article clearly pointed out that just because a dog does not guard a milkbone does not mean he will not guard a piece of dropped chicken. I feel that the average dog owner does not always think of things in such a hierarchical way. Many dog owners I meet really do not distinguish the difference between a Charlie Bear for a treat or a piece of hot dog. So this part of the article was important so people realize that just because they have not seen any guarding yet there is still potential if some amazing resource pops up one day.
The frequent quotes from well known authors give validation to the article's worthwhileness.
Because I am a mainly positive trainer I loved that the article made sure to address that physical corrections should not be used (and why).
Management is often overlooked as a valid part of successful training program. I don't know why. Maybe it's because the typical owner feels that management is really doing anything about the problem. I disagree, so I was happy the article briefly mentioned management.
Every week I nag my puppy kindergarten clients to practice trading exercises with their puppy. I wish I could photocopy this article, or at least the earl intervention part, so they realize that I really do have a method to my madness. The writer listed out a variety of toys, starting from possible low level toys to more desired ones. I think this list is very important for people so they understand that even within the category of toys there can be many different levels.
One things that confused me was the explanation of the drop it. If you start with a toy the dog does not care for or want, why would he pick it up? The writer did not specify that the dog should have take it on command.
Also, if you tell the dog to take it, and he does and you immediately tell him to drop it I worry that my dog would eventually stop picking it up, even when commanded.
The last section was again about management. The advice seems so simple but it's often overlooked by dog owners. While the dog is in training for guarding while on the bed, keep the bedroom door closed so he has no access when not in a training session. So simple, yet rarely thought up by the average person.
The side article with the levels of guarding was fantastic!
All in all I enjoyed this article. It has good basic information and laid out simple plans for being proactive with dogs or working with low level guarding. I was happy to see several pages devoted to such an important topic.
What are your thoughts?
Oops, forgot this part.
I loved the fact that they had a side article (what are those called?) that quited Donaldson saying that guarding is not about dominance. I am so sick of that word as well as alpha and leader. People need to realize that just because a dog guards, or growls, jumps, barks, pees, breathes, does not mean he is trying to conquer your household and then the world.