Dealing With Territorial Problems

Posted: February 14, 2011 by at Problem Solving

Dogs are territorial creatures by nature. They mark their territory with urine, and expect that no other dogs will violate these markings. They will defend their territory and if another animal or person does enter their domain, they will turn them away with growling, barking, or even biting. They often guard resources, such as food or favorite toys, and this makes them particularly dangerous around children.

Some dogs are more territorial than others, and a very territorial dog needs some behavior modification and training before they hurt someone.

If your dog has this problem, you can control it, but keep in mind you may never be able to cure it because it is a natural and instinctive behavior. However, they need to do as you tell them, even when their instincts are telling them to do otherwise. The first thing to do is take them to obedience classes, so they will learn to sit, drop and stay when commanded.

Maintain your position as the pack leader in your household by being firm, fair and consistent. You control your dog’s food, and you control their playtime. Ask them to sit or drop before they are given their meal. There is no place for physical punishment when it comes to managing a territorial dog. This can make them defensive, so he may learn to bite to protect himself. That effectively doubles your problem!

One of the most important parts of managing a territorial dog is to never let them be in a situation where they feel the need to protect their turf. Crate them when you are expecting visitors, and never feed them where children may get in their way. These dogs often need professional help to learn that they don’t need to be so protective of their environment.

In Summary If you live with a territorial dog, you must always be watchful, and make sure that they don’t harm other people or dogs. Expert help from a professional trainer can make life more relaxing for you, and allow you to enjoy your dog more.