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Dog Aggression?

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I picked Duncan up from the vet this morning after being neutered and we came home and took a nap. ( I worked nights) Well when I gave him a bone to keep him entertained, he was acting aggressive towards stella and she was keeping her distance. when I went to take it away he attacked me and tried to bite me. I'm wondering if he is out of sorts from the anesthesia or the fact that he lost his manhood? He doesn't act in pain at all, he is quite hyper. Anyway, he kept doing the attacking to my husband and myself. i hope this isn't a problem brewing. I can't handle another dog with psych issues, stella is a scardy dog (part shar pei). Any one have any experience in this?
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Originally posted by Emma and Doris
It's natural for a dog to guard his food and  

I'm sure Mike can find a lot of links for you - if he's around.
Resource Guarding Prevention Exercises

Resource Guarding


Why Classical Conditioning Changes Food Bowl Guarding & Growling



a fair review of the book
Donaldson presents resource guarding as a normal, adaptive behavior and rejects notions that resource guarders are not \"nice\" dogs or are \"dominant aggressive\". Instead, she focuses on a behaviorist approach to conceptualizing and remediating such behavior.  

In a nutshell, this primarily involves classically counter-conditioning a \"conditioned emotional response\" where an owner's approach is associated with high-value food treats, rather than representing a threat of loss or punishment. Initially this is done in the presence of little provocation, but incremental advances proceed until the dog can happily be approached when in the presence of whatever he formerly guarded most fiercely.  

Anal retentive to a fault (and I mean that as a compliment in this context), Donaldson does an excellent job of breaking down forms of resource guarding behavior into detailed, progressive increments. In order to teach a dog to accept having its mouth opened, for example, she lists 60 separate steps - beginning with touching the dog's rump for a single second. It takes 27 steps before one even touches the dog's head.
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