Warning signs your dog is acting dangerously around your baby — and how to stop it

Canine behaviorist Jacqui Zakar educates parents on TikTok about the warning signs that their dog is protecting their baby’s resources and offers advice on how to stop it before someone gets hurt

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It could endanger your baby’s life

A canine behaviorist educates parents about the warning signs of “resource conservation” in dogs — behavior that could endanger their baby’s life.

Resource protection is when a dog acts defensively towards a particular item that it values.

They may show aggressive actions such as growling, brushing their teeth, or biting.

People often confuse these warning signs with protective instincts and assume that their dog is being protective of the baby when the opposite is true.

In a series of TikTok videos, accredited dog trainer Jacqui Zakar explains why resource conservation is dangerous and how you can stop it before someone gets hurt.







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In a video on her TikTok account @dogsenseJacqui shared a clip of a dog growling and guarding a baby with the caption, “When the dog thinks he’s the dad now.”

Jacqui said: “We believe the dog is protective. This dog aggressively warns its own owner to stay away from their own child.

“What reason would a dog have to protect a baby from its own parent?” This is a behavior problem. It’s not protection. It has nothing to do with the baby’s safety.”

In another video, Jacqui highlights the signs that a pet is resource-efficient, such as stress, panting, tongue-clicking, and posturing.







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She explains that it can be caused by a number of reasons including lack of training, lack of boundaries, and dogs that lack confidence.

“Some dogs have more of an innate urge to guard things — food, toys, space, water, their owners and babies,” Jacqui explained.

“A dog guarding its owner is often mistaken for protection, but confident, secure dogs don’t need to guard their owners.”

TikTok users praised Jacqui for solving the problem.

One person agreed: “My dog ​​used to do this when he was older. He attacked my older son and a friend’s dog. It’s definitely a behavior issue, don’t ignore it so cute!”

Another said: “As a dog trainer, I always preach about this type of behavior! Thanks a lot for this.”

What is resource protection?







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Rhiannon, a canine behaviorist Batterseedescribes resource protection as: “When a dog becomes defensive to keep you away from a particular item or ‘resource’ that it values

“The resource can be food, treats, toys, a place like a bed or favorite chair, or even occasionally a person.

“Resource conservation is a natural behavior for your dog and an important survival strategy as a scavenger in the wild, but at home there are some things we can do to calm our dogs and let them know they don’t need to get defensive. “

How can I prevent Resource Guarding?







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Prevention is always better than cure, so it’s a good idea to train your dog before resource conservation even begins.

Rhiannon explains, “First, you need some treated. The trick is to teach your dog that when a person approaches, it’s positive.

“When your dog is finishing a meal, approach where he’s eating, place some treats near his food bowl, and calmly walk away.

“Allow your dog to eat the treats and then go back to eating what’s in his bowl. Repeat this a few times over a few days, always removing yourself and letting your dog eat the treats.

“Over time, you may find that when you approach your dog, he looks up in anticipation of a treat arriving. This is a positive sign that he sees your approach as a good thing.

“Approach and reward show your dog that someone getting close is something positive.”

How do I stop resource guarding?







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If your dog is already showing signs of resource-conserving behavior, it’s important that this doesn’t get worse. Rhiannon recommended the following:

  1. Make sure all family members and all visitors know to never approach or interrupt your dog when it is eating or chewing.
  2. Hide or remove any items your dog might steal as best you can and guard them so you don’t have to confront your dog. If you need to remove something from them, make sure it’s an exchange rather than just taking something away.
  3. It is important that you never punish your dog or accuse him of protecting resources as this will add to the stressful situation and may cause his behavior to deteriorate.
  4. If you try to trade items with your dog, put some food or treats far enough away that your dog has to move. This gives you the time and distance to safely collect the item. If you can wait until the dog is in another room to remove the item, that’s even better.
  5. Another helpful tip is to teach your dog the “leave it” signal. This is a safe and positive way to ask your dog to leave what he’s guarding.
  6. Remember that every dog ​​is different when it comes to protecting resources. If your dog has bitten you or you are concerned, we recommend contacting a certified behaviorist for help.

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