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34. Resource guarding toward people

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Exhibits signs of aggressive guarding or possessiveness of resources (objects, toys, food) toward people who are present and/or approaching
  • Shows no signs aggressive guarding or possessiveness of resources (objects, toys, food) toward people who are approaching and/or attempting to take away an item.
  • Hovers over objects/toys/food without vocalizing when people are approaching or attempting to take away an item.
  • May also exhibit very slight signs of conflict with change in energy, tongue flicking, avoidance, eating more quickly or stop eating but yields almost immediately on own.
  • Hovers over objects/toys/food when people are approaching or attempting to take away an item.
  • May also exhibit moderate signs of conflict moving away from person, tongue flicking and/or brief stiffening, brief staring with or without half-moon shape of the whites of the eyes showing (whale eye), very brief growling but yields readily with handler direction.
  • Hovers over objects/toys/food and displays overt aggressive signs when people are approaching and/or attempting to take away an item.
  • Aggressive signs may include prolonged stiffening and/or staring with half-moon shape of the whites of the eyes showing (whale eye), growling, any baring of teeth and does not always yield with efforts to redirect the behavior.
  • Hovers over objects/toys/food and displays overt aggressive signs when people are approaching and/or attempting to take away an item.
  • Aggressive signs may include prolonged stiffening and/or staring with half-moon shape of the whites of the eyes showing (whale eye) AND growling, any baring of teeth and attempts to bite or snap when challenged.
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