To get started, you'll want to train in a quiet space without any distractions. You might want to enlist the help of a friend who can help you recreate the stimulus in a safe space. Here are a few other items to have on hand for training your small dog not to guard his toys.
- Low-value toys that aren't favorites for your dog.
- Special, enticing treats like cheese or pieces of hot dog. Be sure to cut them into very small pieces.
- A friend with another dog who is calm and well trained.
- Lots of patience and understanding for your dog.
Teaching your small dog to stop guarding his toys won't be easy, and it won't happen overnight. However, it's extremely important to correct this habit before it grows worse. When you aren't training, try to minimize the occasions he growls or snaps by keeping his prized possessions away from him, and staying clear of him when he does have them. Check out the three methods below to see which one will work best for you. With slow and steady training, your little buddy will learn how to share his toys with you and other dogs.