The author used to play this with her students when she taught school, but now she plays it with her dog. It really works, and it’s so much fun for both pooch and human. This shape activity allows dogs to face something new, accept a challenge, and understand that good comes from uncertainty. A pawfect lesson for an insecure dog, right? We think so. The goal here is to use random objects as starting points and allow the mind to go where it may. Your dog will surprise you. And if you invite the kids to play along, they’ll surprise you, too. The kids can also teach your dog to “share” in a sense. We’re assuming that your dog isn’t so possessive that they’re posing a threat to others in your house.
Invest in a special harness, leash, and even security items to make sure your dog feels safe and to be certain that they’ll be manageable in new surroundings. Exposing the dog to their fear at or below their comfort level can help them overcome their anxieties and see that they should not be afraid.
A little pet training may go a long way with your fur baby. If the possessive behavior continues and even escalates, it’s time to give training a shot. Leave it to the experts! They’ll even give you activities to do at home with your pooch.