I want you to think of a training plan as a recipe that is open to a bit of tweaking.
Every dog is a little different and our training plans are meant to cover most bases, but some dogs have quirks, stacking triggers, a history of punishment that inhibits learning, a health condition, or....you name it.
We have to be open to a little flexibility.
When you get to the next module, you will find step-by-step training plans for typical guarding incidents:
- food bowl guarding
- object guarding
- location guarding (this includes lap-guarding)
You might consider whether or not this is something that needs to be modified, or if you can simply make a change to the environment (like feeding your dog in a crate away from the children if your dog only guards a full bowl of food from the kids and not from anyone else, for example).
This is entirely up to you and whether or not strict management is realistic in your world.
Next up, we'll talk about:
- how to create a fabulous association pairing your dog's currency with the trigger
- warning signs for when you are moving too far too fast for your dog
- how to make it easier if you find yourself hitting a roadblock between one successful step and an impossible step in the training plan