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My almost 6 month old cross breed puppy, Myrrh, has started growling at me when I ask her to get off the futon - a loud growl and lips curled. I don't take her guff and pull her by the collar to get off, but I don't want to be bit, either. What is the proper way to handle this situation? She's a resource guarder, too. I trade her the treasured item with some liver treats and in most cases it works. I'm used to Whippets, which are so malleable. Nothing like this.

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Do the same. Get some little treats and practice Hup and Off. She's a resource guarder. As part of her personality you are going to see it pop up all over the place. Stuff is important to her and she doesn't want to lose it. Could be that bone, the sunny spot on the floor, that used tissue, the torn up ball today and next week she'll find something else she values and wants to keep. You might want to invest in Jean Donaldson's Mine as there are some great ideas in there.
 
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