Hello everyone! Bandit is doing fantastic (can't believe she is already 13 weeks old!), but I have had some issues the past few days with her while we have her outside to go potty.
The area outside my apartment where I take her to do her business has some mulch around the bushes, which was fine, but when the landscaping people came this past week they somehow managed to get little bits of mulch all over Bandit's usual potty area. The problem stems from this. She will pick up a piece about the size of a half dollar and chew on it. This worries me, so I try to trade her (yummy high value treat for the mulch). The trade will work if she had just picked it up and was sitting there with it. When it doesn't work, she decides to play a little game of keep away and I end up having to reel her in and open her mouth to remove the tiny bits of mulch. During this process she will growl and snap at me and bite my hands if possible.
I have never had issues with resource guarding (that's what I'm attributing this behavior to) with food, toys, chews, people, etc. what can I do to help? Am I doing something wrong? Many of these pieces of mulch are broken and break down easily, so I worry about her ingesting them.
ANY AND ALL ADVICE WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED!!!