Help for resource guarding, lunging and snapping :(
Our little guy, Eli is 13 weeks old. When he wants attention he often lunges and snaps. He often will not *give* on a give command...although I will only give the *give* command with a higher value trade item, which most often works, but sometimes it will not.
He had a very serious resource guarding episode in puppy class (which is where I first realized I needed to pay closer attention to this at home).
He was very aggressive (with a chicken jerky treat he had never had before) when working on the give command he guarded with trying to bite...hard, snapping and growling.
The trainer had me do something I wish I HAD NOT! It was a physical hold down until he *released*. I HATED it and have regretted it since. He was just SO aggressive and a danger to any hand that came close and the treat WAS the highest value item which left nothing to trade up for.
I want him to FORGET that it ever happened. I NEVER speak in anger or impatience, I ONLY use trade up for the *give* and I treat or give a new toy for *leave it*.
He really does do well with those commands most often.
The biggest problem is the biting and lunging for attention. We just up and walk away for a bit.
We realized that when he is in this *manic* phase that the *puppy yelp* for snapping/biting just makes him more wild. We now just up and go into another room for a bit.
What do we do? I so, so wanted a sweet little guy (he sometimes is of course!:) and have never had an aggressive dog before.
I now use only positive training and we do not do fast rough type play.
Oh, he has never had a problem with us petting him etc. while eating or playing with toys, but now I see he does do mild guarding such as laying his paws completely on the toy or even his entire body. Not all the time, but most. I can move the toy out from under him or his paws just fine but often he will then take the toy a couple feet away etc.
I always give a treat and praise for giving it or leaving it etc.