Canine Behaviour 103 – Resource Guarding (GINT 0222)

What is resource guarding?  Is it treatable?  Are all cases of resource guarding subject to behaviour modification?  Resource guarding is characterized as an aggressive reaction towards a person and / or animal with the intent to protect a valued resource, such as food or toys, and one of the top 5 reasons owners choose to euthanize or surrender their dogs into the rescue system.    Resource guarding reactions can range from mild, simply leaning over the item and refusing to give it up, to severe, disengaging from the item to attack the approaching individual.  Identifying which type of guarding you are dealing with and isolating triggers is the first step but how do you know what cases are safe to work with and which techniques to apply?

In addition to learning how to identify resource guarding this course is designed to provide individuals who work and live with dogs the necessary information they require to determine the type of resource guarding present, isolate triggers, design rehabilitation programs and learn preventative techniques.  

This seminar will delve into topics such as:

  • The nature of resource guarding
  • Assessing resource guarding & triggers
  • Evaluating rehabilitation risks
  • Realistic goal setting
  • Identifying types of resource guarding
  • Treatment suggestions
  • Designing treatment programs
  • Preventative measures

The target audience for this course includes; Animal Control Officers, Canine Handlers, Veterinarian Technicians, Breeders, dog trainers & behavioural consultants, groomers, doggy daycare attendants, dog walkers / pet sitters, foster parents for canine rescue groups and the average dog owner.

Canine Foundations is proud to offer 4 OAVT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians), 3.5 CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) and 4 IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) Continuing Education Credits for Behaviour 103. 

Private bookings available for groups of 10 or more – call (705) 835-3177