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Old 03-13-2014, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it considered toy guarding if there is no growling or barking?

There are 2 large balls outside that Zoe and the kids play with. It works out well IMO bc Zoe usually keeps one in her mouth and it cuts down on her nipping little legs.

What I've noticed is when my daughter kicks the ball Zoe likes to get it and instead of running she wants to stand over it while holding the other in her mouth. I won't lie I thought it was funny at first but after reading on here I don't know if this is the start of a guarding issue. She isn't mouthy about it though...my daughter will usually gently kick it from beneath her and continue playing with no problem.

I have a short video I'm just not sure how to attach it just yet. Of course I could be over thinking this as well.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My pup does that too. He doesn't growl or posture. He's just wanting to play with both at once but can't figure out how (since he won't drop the one in his mouth). IF there was a time when his body language changed, then I would address it, but he doesn't resource guard from me .. ever.
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I don't really know much about posture so I suppose I should read up on that. I feel silly since I know she is just a puppy but I definitely don't want to neglect problematic behavior either. I have learned so much on here but it has certainly made me slightly more neurotic

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My pup does that too. He doesn't growl or posture. He's just wanting to play with both at once but can't figure out how (since he won't drop the one in his mouth). IF there was a time when his body language changed, then I would address it, but he doesn't resource guard from me .. ever.
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Aww, that video's so cute! What an adorable bunch you've got!! IMO, Zoe is just having a fun time playing that famous dog game "All the Toys are Mine" and of course having teeth to claim one while playing with another works perfectly, lol.
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Aww, that video's so cute! What an adorable bunch you've got!! IMO, Zoe is just having a fun time playing that famous dog game "All the Toys are Mine" and of course having teeth to claim one while playing with another works perfectly, lol.
Thank you!!

As soon as I posted the video I thought I might come across like a nut job but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask

They all love playing together and even though she's still very bitey she is pretty good with my little girls.

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I'm not a professional, but my pup would do that. At 14 months he will still try to get as many of the toys in his mouth as he can. However we can take anything away from him including raw meat bones, so I don't think it means its guarding.
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It's so sad trying to see Varik try to pick up two soft balls. Umm not physically possible, but it's interesting seeing him try to figure it out. Once in a great while, I'll throw a second ball out after he's gone after the first ball. It takes him forever to get back to me as he tries to figure out how to have his cake (ball) and eat (fetch) it too!
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Toys represent prey: the ball hops like a mouse, and it flies like a bird. In couple of this pictures you can see clearly that this canine wasn't satisfied just with one mouse https://www.google.co.uk/images?hl=e...Q&ved=0CB4QsAQ
When the dog guards his toy he stands legs apart, head down, nose to the toy, and growls ready to bite anyone who wants to deprive him from the object. Train your girls and your dog to give the ball placing it right in the palm by command "Give". The ball goes into your hand as exchange for a treat. It takes time for the dog to understand that without bringing it back and you throwing it there wouldn't be any fun. Children cannot train it, you should train and children will play.
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Yup the trick to resolving toy guarding is to not put the dog in a position to practice the behavior. This means pick up anything the dog might want to guard. Then teach and play interactive toy games with the dog to foster trust and cooperation between family members and the dog.
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