Many dog owners think “What a cute picture this would make” as they scramble for their phones to snag a photo while the pup’s legs are wrapped around the water bowl. But when a dog lays down at the water bowl or food dish it can mean that the dog is CLAIMING the bowl for itself and isn’t really interested in sharing. And that, Dear Reader, is never good for anyone (including the dog or pup that’s doing the claiming).
Step 1. Stop the behavior before it grows worse through repetition and compounds over time.
Step 2. See Step 1.
Follow the steps above and you’ll be doing at least one great thing towards preventing or reversing “resource guarding.” Or blow my advice off and potentially suffer the consequences – what do I care. Either way I win. If you don’t listen now you’ll eventually need to spend more time and energy getting our help to reverse what could have been prevented or…if you listen now – you’ll have listened to beneficial dog language advice and done me, your pet, other dogs, and the wide world a favor by making it a better place. Have a nice day.
Your local, neighborhood dog linguist