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How To Prevent Arguing Between Dogs

Question of the day: How do you prevent arguing over resources between dogs?

First let’s define resources… these can be anything of value to your dog, which normally include their meals, treats, chews, toys, bed…. You get the idea.

Honestly this comes down to management, regardless of your dog having resource guarding issues, just like us, dogs need space and there is nothing wrong with that.

For this reason, I recommend giving each of your dogs specifically designated areas that they can call their own.

This can be in the form of a crate, maybe two rooms separated by a baby gate, maybe dog beds strategically placed around a large room.

If your dog is a bowl searcher, then I would definitely recommend a crate or gate to keep multiples apart.  No one likes a busy body in their face when trying to eat.  For dogs, this can create stress, and even resource guarding issues that were never present previously.

It is just best to avoid setting our dogs up to fail.

Me personally I feed all 4 of my dogs in crates, this way they can each take their time eating (which is still less than a couple of minutes) and I do not have to worry about one or more of them “shopping” in bowls that are not theirs.

Having separate designated areas throughout the house can be a huge help, when used correctly, this teaches our dogs that they need to settle. 

For example, I have designated dog beds in the living room and in my office.  When we (as in the people) are in relax or in work mode, I expect my dogs to just chill out.  Be it taking a nap or chewing on their favorite toy.  I do not want them up in my business.

Hence why teaching them this skill is priceless in my opinion.  Even right now, as I record this Reckon is asleep on his Kuranda bed, and True is napping on a plush orthopedic bed.  Rumor and Reason are out basking in the sun on the back porch.




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