You've made it this far! Well done.
Resource guarding, while it's generally "normal" dog behaviour, it's a huge stressor for us humans. It can erode the trust between us and our dog, make us more edgy when we're around other people or dogs, sends us to a desperate place where we might consider using punishment to resolve this, and even second-guess our decision to keep our dog.
It's normal to feel all of this. It doesn't make you any less of a good dog-guardian.
Some types of resource guarding can be fully resolved and sent "into remission". Other types of resource guarding can be improved and must be managed for the lifetime of the dog. I wish I could peer into my crystal ball and tell you where your dog is on this spectrum, but there are too many variables.
What I can tell you is that it's important that we continue to manage and even continue some level of modification, called "maintenance" so that we can keep our dog's skills fresh and their associations clear. Be extra mindful of your dog's stress levels on a regular basis; stress and change can cause a "flare up" or regression, so be ready to go back to strict management and even the early stages of modification temporarily.
Moving, a birth or death in the family, stress in the home, a change in schedule, illness/injury/pain, and perceived emotional trauma. These are typical triggers for a resource guarding flare up.
It's easy to become complacent when we see progress, however, it's when we let our guard down that bites happen.
You have the tools to manage and modify this behaviour now. If you're struggling, please get in touch and let us help!
You've got this!