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Dog Aggression

Options for Severely Aggressive Dogs

Nicole Wilde | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

For severe cases, before anything else, I recommend a veterinary exam that includes a full blood workup and a thorough physical exam to rule out any type of physiological cause for the aggression. Assuming the dog is physically sound, for those dogs at the extreme end of the aggression spectrum, options are limited.

What About The Not-So-Perfect Pit Bull?

Annie Norling | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Annie Norling

I am becoming immune to the dirty looks. I am learning to not be embarrassed when my dog Memphis reacts at another dog when we are on a walk. I know he is an amazing dog and that is all that matters.

Your Dogs Are Fighting: Step In or Step Off?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

If either dog is being injured, breaking things up right away is obviously necessary. But if not, should you let it go on or step in?

Who Comes First: You or Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

We all have an idea of what we'd like life to be like with our dogs. Depending on our own lifestyle, we might need a dog to be social around kids, be athletic, dog-friendly, or any of a host of traits. But sometimes the dog we get is not the dog we want.

When a Two-Dog Home Turns Into Sophie's Choice

Nicole Wilde | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

It's hard to make the decision to rehome a dog who hasn't done anything wrong, especially when there is a strong emotional attachment. Unfortunately, part of being a responsible owner is having to make the tough decisions that are for our dogs' own good, even if it causes us pain.

New Study On Canine Aggression Says Don't Blame The Breed

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green

Why do some dogs attack with kisses, while others... well, let's just get to the study, shall we? Cutting to the chase: Dog breed is not a good pr...

'My Dog Bit Someone -- Out of Nowhere!'

Nicole Wilde | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

The dog had previously shown some signs of being uncomfortable around people, but the bite was a wake-up call. Something had to be done. The thing is, the shepherd didn't actually bite "out of nowhere" -- dogs seldom do.

Beyond Typical Resource Guarding

Nicole Wilde | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

We've all heard about dogs who guard their food, or perhaps treats or toys. But there are some dogs from whom resource guarding goes beyond the norm, and seems to be an art form.

Do Some Dogs Need a Heavier Hand?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

There are also some very pushy, obnoxious dogs out there (Bodhi, when he first came to us, for example), and yes, even aggressive and severely aggressive dogs. But when we put those dogs in a box and slap a label on it (Red Zone! Beware!), we do them a disservice.

Why Growling Is Good

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

People misunderstand, and punish dogs for growling. A dog then learns that growling leads to being punished and, unfortunately, once his early warning system has been removed, the dog is likely to begin biting with no warning.

Dog Behavior: Is Reacting Really Reactive?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 10.26.2013 | Green
Nicole Wilde

What if a total stranger ran up to you and yelled in your face? Should you be expected to stand there and behave politely? Of course not. And yet some of us hold dogs to the impossible standard of never barking, never lunging, never... being dogs.

Paw Preference, Agression Linked In Study Of Pet Dogs

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

Ever wonder why Spot just can't seem to warm up to strangers? Being a left-pawed dog might have something to do with it. New research published in...

When a Dog Bites a Child

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

A quick eye scan will tell you all you need to know, as dogs talk in postures, not words. If you strive to be a good dog Samaritan, listen with your eyes, and respect a dog -- no matter what their people might tell you.

How Bad Dogs Get Good

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

For many dog guardians, our relationships with our dogs can be a taste of heaven. Except when the cuties start having surprising behavior that isn't so cute. Dogs are known to be stress reducers; however, for many people, their dog's behavior can be a huge source of stress.

Seven Tips for Preventing Dog Bites in Animal Care Professionals and Dog Lovers

Sophia Yin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sophia Yin

Speaking in a happy voice and tossing multiple small treats can also change the dog's perception of what you're up to.

Experts Say Dominance-Based Dog Training Techniques Made Popular by Television Shows Can Contribute to Dog Bites

Sophia Yin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sophia Yin

The study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.