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As some already know, my parents brought home two young adult Aussies about a month ago: Nellie and Raleigh. We're still working on acclimating them into the grand scheme of things :rolleyes:

Nellie has heartworms, so she's indoors and kenneled most of the time. She's very, very sweet to people BUT she's not great with other dogs. She tolerates Lexy and Sophie as long as they don't get in her face - if they do, she likes to snap. She hates, hates, hates Chisum with a passion. It's not really anything he did to her actually, but he went to sniff her once and she growled at him, which of course scared him and he growled/barked back which led to a fight. That tends to be how it goes. In the house, he ignores her, though she has a tendency to growl at him which will cause him to growl back. Outside, Chisum resorts to his reactive-mode and will bark/growl at her if he feels she is too close.

Raleigh is awesome. He gets along great with Chisum, they play quite a bit.

However, we've developed major problems with resource guarding, mostly with food. Nellie we noticed early on would chase Raleigh away from any and all food dish, and Raleigh just accepted it.

Now Raleigh is by himself and he has a terrible time with it. If he comes across anything that he thinks is 'valuable' all h3ll breaks loose if another animal comes near. This sweet, sweet little dog becomes a monster - he doesn't just growl, he full-on attacks. If you shout his name, he stops and comes wiggling over with all kinds of appeasement behaviors.

The frustrating part is that Chisum seems to have picked up on this behavior as well. Indoors, he's fine - he knows that he gets his food in a separate place and we monitor to make sure he doesn't eat the other dogs' food. If someone comes past him or his food, he might growl a little, but otherwise he's fine.

Outside, he used to just give a little growl if, say, a cat walked by him while he had something valuable. Now he's taken a page out of Raleigh's book and goes into full-on attack.

Neither resource guard with people, but it's a muddled mess when it comes to other animals.

Any tips? I'm working on management and just not having high value things around but sometimes that's difficult.
 

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One method I've heard is getting a higher value item than the food (example: a favorite toy) and sort of 'trade' it. One thing to keep in mind though, is to try and consult a positive-reinforcement trainer, as they know best.
 
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