#Aggression QnA

WHAT IS AGGRESSION?

It’s not exactly rocket science. Instead let’s ask- why do they do it? Because “it works.” If a dogs behavior is successful, he’ll create a system around it. Dogs are logical.

CAN AGGRESSION BE CURED?

No. Give the dog Amnesia and he would probably still be the same, because aggression is a natural behavior in dogs.

IS MY DOG AGGRESSIVE?

Besides an “act” of aggression, clinical aggression is less common then you’d think. But remember, it’s natural. Such normalcy is okay when it’s in our favor (E.G. dog defends against burglar). It becomes problematic when you’re not okay with it. Are you okay with it?

WHY THE NEW BEHAVIOR WITH MY DOG?

A lot of times it’s new hormones. His behavior may have been building up over time and the subtle cues went unnoticed. In other cases, a dog can bestressed, anxious, finally, choosing aggression to deal with it. Still wondering? Get ahold of us and tell us your story.

MY DOG ACTED AGGRESSIVELY BUT NOT SINCE THEN

In dog psychology, discrimination is easiest understood by something that “specifically” sets your dog off. Because it may be one small thing, you may not have caught it. Similarly, “context” is when the environment, or situation sets him off. Can you guess what the stimulus was?

BUT MY DOG’S A RESCUE

Your dog is a rescue. You can’t explain his behavior. he’s reactive, still anxious after entering his forever home.

Unless an entire litter is kept together, all dogs are rescues. But yes, they’re social, and learn from new experiences. Shelters deliver a high amount of stress to a dog.

You don’t have your dogs history. Genetics, the individual dog, his ability to adapt (more than you think) can help.

The good news? There are still ways of finding his triggers. And remember, they do what works. Your job is to find a qualified professional to humanely show him that it doesn’t work.

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