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This talk focuses on deconstructing features of resource-guarding behaviour in family pet settings, using case-study illustrations. A practical approach is taken where this impacts upon multiple dog households and focuses on how resource guarding behaviour can be worked with positively.

Key learning objectives:

  • What is a ‘resource’ to a dog, and how to identify these
  • The risk assessment within resource guarding behaviours
  • What is meant by ‘risk of winning’?
  • How can other dogs in the household be managed around such an issue
  • How owners could create, maintain, or worsen the issue
  • Escalation and the frustration loop
  • Safety and training measures – are they a ‘fix’ for the behaviour?

Karen Wild | Deconstructing ‘Resource Guarding’ – can we ‘fix’ it?

  • Karen Wild, Dip App Psych, CCAB is an ASAB-Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist with over 20 years experience. She runs a full time behaviour practice ‘Pawprint Pets’ near Peterborough, UK, working with family dogs and cats on Veterinary referral. Karen specialises in puppy development and resource-guarding issues.

    Karen is a member of the Fellow of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC), a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor (ABTC-ATI). She is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).

    She has authored five books ‘What your Dog Wants’, ’21 Days to the Perfect Dog’ and ‘Being a Dog’ (Hamlyn) and co-authored two with TV Vet Emma Milne. Her goal is to communicate welfare and training issues to the wider dog-owning public. Karen was resident behaviour and training feature writer for Dogs Today magazine for over ten years and writes for national and international pet consumer and trade publications on all aspects of better pet ownership.

  • 21st February 2021

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