Originally Posted by carissaann
The toys are already there, and it started out growling, but now she growls and nips, she doesn't bite (yet) she also takes toys away from other dogs in an unplayful way. If there is no toy she plays fine. But I can't take all the toys away from all the dogs that's not fair. I've been bringing her there way way less, but I need to address the problem and not just quit taking her there.
unfortunately, it sounds like to me, that shes learned that other dogs steal her things, so she feels the need to be possessive of things. This is an insecurity issue, so the dog needs to be taught that the other dogs are not going to steal her stuff (remember, if she has it, in her mind, it is hers).
With dogs possession is 9/10ths of the law...which means, if she has an object, and another dog tries to take it, its normal canine behavior to growl at other dogs to tell them to back off. The reason she is escalating, is because, as is common at dog parks, many of the dogs there do not understand "dog" and will ignore her fair warning of the growl. The growl means "this is mine, back off" and the nip is the equivilant of shouting "I SAID THIS IS MINE BACK OFF". If dogs continue to ignore her she will escalate, and if they back off like they are supposed to, she will not.
my point being, I guess, is this is not som'thing you can really train against very well in a Dog park situation. There are going to be dogs that are rude, and dogs that allow her to be rude to them, its not really an enviroment thats good to train against this.
When I see a possesive dog, I simply call my guys and we go to the other end of the park. Does your dog have a leave it and a recall trained? When she does these behaviors you need to be able to call her off the toy and redirect her to som'thing else. If you can't do that, I would rethink the DP for now. You want to never set the dog up to fail...and IMO putting a resource guarder in a park full of dogs/toys is setting her up to fail.
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