How do we know if we’re dealing with resource guarding or rule setting? For me, the answer lies in a constellation of observable behaviors which, taken together, tell the tale. I think of this as The Zones.
Ownership Zone: This is the actual physical space in which the dog has ownership of or control of the resource.
Defense of Possession Zone: Where is the point where the dog feels that his control of a resource may be threatened in some way? Where is defense of possession triggered?
Influence Zone: Where is the point where the dog is able to create a response in another being? How does the dog achieve this: with physicality or with psychological presence?
Response Zone: Where does the dog responds to another’s physical or psychological presence? His response may be avoidance or aggression.
(Issue 48, May 2021, pp.22-26). Read article