Aggression Part 7: Food Aggression

14 03 2009

dog-at-tableFood aggression is something that I do not put up with in my pack.  When my brother, Tax, joined our family, he was food aggressive.  He would growl and snap when anyone approached either his food or water dish.  I gave him a few days to get used to our family and our place, but I could not have anyone in my pack aggressive about food, so it was time for me to rule with an iron paw! Read the rest of this entry »





Rocky’s “Fear Aggression”

6 02 2009

There are times when you have conversations with “dog” people that know little or nothing about dogs or their behavior.  They are often looked to for suggestions and advice because they hold a position of influence.  Oftentimes, they will dispense advice throwing words around that they may have overheard in a conversation.  Some of those words or phrases can be dangerous in the hands of untrained, uneducated individuals.  Phrases like fear aggression are among those that are dangerous.  They think that because they were thinking fast enough to throw out that phrase, it will impress people, increasing their influence among those they encounter.  Some of these people do not have a clue as to what fear aggression actually is, let alone what can be done to modify or manage it. Read the rest of this entry »





Aggression Parts 4, 5, & 6: Protective, Territorial, And Possessive Aggression

2 02 2009

mailman-and-dogSince these forms of aggression are pretty similar and involve the defense of something the dog considers to be of great value, I have combined their information into one article.  The traits associated with each of these types of aggression are similar, with slight differences that we will examine.

Protective Aggression:

This type of aggression is generally directed toward another animal or a person that the dog perceives to be threat to his pack or his position in the pack.  Read the rest of this entry »