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We love our 4 year old corgi/border collie cross. He's warm, affectionate, playful, comical, witty, consistently enthusiastic, smart...etcetera..sound like a biased parent?:wave:
But there are a few things we'd like to iron out:
1) At a particular park we visit,he is easily distracted by potential food freebies eg. bones, throw aways. We have him off the leash at the time, chasing the ball which otherwise he is quite focussed on returning.
2) Also he is still distracted by other dogs/gardeners and neighbours. (this is at any park we visit)
3) he jumps on us and others as a way of greeting..which we have tried to address by ignoring but doesn't seem to work.
4) at the end of our ball reitrieve game, he has gradually beocme more possessive of the ball. Last few months he flat refuses to give us the ball back, when we are ready to go home. Even growled at us.
5) can be quite possessive about most toys but not as bad as food. Very protective about food. We would never dare try to get a bone back from him that he finds at the park.

This is our first dog which is some excuse I suppose but I feel quite ashamed of our lack of dog training awareness. I know we should have put our hands down his throat as a puppy but we weren't aware of its importance.

Do you think we need a dog behaviourist? Seem ridiculously expensive to me.
Any response welcome. Thanks for reading

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1, 4 + 5) Look up resource guarding and start playing a trade up game with him. First you will teach him the "drop it" and "leave it" commands and then start trading low value items for higher value items. Giving up an item voluntarily should always be rewarded with something better. Start the training with something he doesn't like too much so you set him up for success.

2) Practice focus with him so you can more easily keep his attention and get it back when you lose it. Most dogs will be distracted by various things though so if you can't trust your dog it is best to keep them on a leash or a long line if there is any chance they might run off.

3) Jumping up can be self rewarding so it is important that when he is doing what you want (greeting calmly and with four feet on the floor) that you reward him. You need to make dong the behavior you want more rewarding than the behavior he wants to do.

I've included links to kikopup's youtube channel with relevant videos.
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