Here’s a little body language fun: Who is seriously resource guarding? And what is the other dog doing?
I showed these pictures to two of my skilled observer friends to compare, and they came up with some great observations. Much better than my own, and these are my dogs!
How about you? Care to play? Can you tell which dog is seriously guarding her object? How far do your think she is willing to go? You can write your observations in the comments. It’ll be more fun if you make some specific observations/comparisons to back up your guess.
Here’s my usual disclaimer: photos can be deceptive. They catch only a moment in time. A fleeting expression can look like a terrible warning signal. A captured lip lick can make the dog look terribly nervous when she wasn’t. However, both of these photos are accurate representations of how the dogs looked and were acting.
Note: resource guarding can be a serious problem. I’m not making light of it. One of these dogs didn’t want to give up her item, but still, she did so without incident.
Addendum 2/28/14: I realize from some readers’ responses that the combination of these two photos and the previous sentence might give the wrong impression. I should have explained. One of these photos is back from when I didn’t know what to do about resource guarding, and the other is from a play session. Stay tuned for more details in the next post.
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