2016 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

FR08 - The Low-threshold Resource Guarder

Oct 14, 2016 3:45pm ‐ Oct 14, 2016 5:00pm

Standard: $20.00


1. Introduction: There has been a lot of chatter in the shelter world recently about not only placing dogs who resource guard, but also a strong push to discard and discontinue altogether testing dogs for resource guarding thresholds. In this talk I will take a closer look at the resource guarding dog and how this low threshold manifests itself.

2. The Assess-A-Pet Testing Procedures™ How and Why a. The hesitant communication between children and/or inexperienced adults b. Assess-A-Pet procedures c. A resource guarding ethogram d. Sociability and resource guarding

3. The Sled Dog? a. Why bring up sled dogs? What might they teach us about the resource guarding pet dog?

4. Pet Dogs and Aggression Thresholds a. Manifestations in the home and environment b. Most common behavior problems observed

5. From the Adopter Side a. Obesity and its correlation with resource guarding b. Overall problematic behaviors c. Separation problems d. Territorial problems e. Dog-dog problems

6. Should Shelters Stop Assessing Dogs for Resource Guarding? a. A commitment to a humane society for all


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