This is a very important question. It is a common, normal behavior… however it can escalate quickly into a scarier behavioral issue. It is something I have seen in a lot of Golden Retrievers! I personally believe this is for two reasons:
- They put a lot of things in their mouth!
- They are EXTREMELY food motivated!
Resource Guarding can start innocently enough with a puppy playing “keep away”. In it’s most severe form, I’ve seen dogs put people (including their owners) in the hospital.
It pays to do a lot of proactive work to try and prevent any Resource Guarding. We’ve done some already with your puppies, now you must keep it up!
Please read the following articles to familiarize yourself with this behavioral issue: