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  • Aggression may be defined as any threat or harmful behavior directed toward another individual or group. Aggression in dogs commonly includes body language or threat displays such as a hard stare, growling, barking, snarling, lunging, snapping, and/or biting. There are many different categories or types of canine aggression including territorial, possessive, maternal/protective, pain-related, predatory, frustration, social conflict-related, sexual, disease-related, and fear- or anxiety-related aggression. The most common presentation of aggression is fear or anxiety motivated. The treatment of aggression will depend on the cause of aggression. Aggression should first be discussed with your veterinarian regarding the most appropriate treatment.

  • Territorial or protective aggression may be exhibited toward people or other animals that approach the pet's property. Generally, people and other animals that are unusual, less familiar to the dog, or most unlike the members of the household are the most likely targets of territorial aggression.

  • Behavior Counseling Aggression - Introduction

    La agresividad se define como una amenaza o acción lesiva dirigida hacia otro individuo. En animales, las conductas agresivas son un medio de comunicación.

  • Dog Behavior Problems – Aggression - Sibling Rivalry - Diagnosis

    Los perros son animales sociales y por lo tanto están preparados para vivir en grupos. Vivir en manada permite a los lobos trabajar juntos para conseguir comida, criar a los cachorros y defender su territorio. Para miembros de un mismo grupo, es contraproducente luchar entre ellos y correr el riesgo de herirse.

  • Dog Behavior Problems – Aggression to Family Members – Introduction and Safety

    El concepto de dominancia jerárquica se utiliza para describir la relación entre grupos de animales. Los animales que viven en grupo la utilizan por sus ventajas a la hora de criar, conseguir comida y defenderse contra los depredadores.

  • Separation Anxiety in Dogs

    La ansiedad por separación afecta a perros que están demasiado unidos o son demasiado dependientes de la familia. Cuando se separan de los propietarios se vuelven extremadamente ansiosos y manifiestan signos de estrés en forma de conducta destructiva, vocalización (ladridos), micción y defecación inadecuadas (hacer sus necesidades dentro de casa) o inactividad.

  • Anxiety wraps are vest-like garments designed to calm anxious dogs. The vests work under the theory that pressure applied to the dog's torso causes a calming effect similar to swaddling a crying infant or hugging a distressed person.

  • Barking is one of the most common complaints of dog owners and their neighbors! But, for dogs, barking is natural. It can serve as a territorial warning signal to other dogs and pack members. Dogs may vocalize when separated from their pack or family members.

  • With mild or minor behavioral problems, clients are often able to correct the problem by means of reward-based training, as is outlined in the other handouts in this series. However, when problems are more serious, it is easy to make the problem worse rather than improving it.

  • This is a broad topic that includes a variety of therapeutic options including herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals and supplements. There are few controlled studies to show that any of these treatments are effective in pets.