Sunday, March 04, 2012

Aggression In Dogs

I get tired of reading articles from supposed experts on aggression in dogs. So much of it is foolish. So much of it is ignorant.

For example:

1.) Prey Aggression: There is no such thing. A predator killing prey isn't aggression. A dog killing a squirrel is not aggressive. Typically when a dog kills a cat, horse, deer, or rat it isn't aggression.

2.) Dominance Aggression: There is no such thing. Dominance only has to do with status. It can influence aggression, but it isn't a type of aggression.

3.) Punishment Aggression: No such thing.

4.) Fear Aggression: No such thing. Fear is a separate concept from aggression.

5.) Sexual Aggression: No such thing. Sexual desire isn't the same as aggression.

6.) Protective Aggression: No such thing. You are describing the situation like a novice.

7.) Red Zone Aggression: No such thing. This is a made up fake term for a TV show.

8.) Leash Aggression: This is not a type of aggression. It is a symptom, not a type.

9.) Play Aggression: No such thing.

Anyone that uses these terms hasn't studied aggression, and really doesn't know a thing about it. They think they do, and they can oftentimes sound like they know what they are talking about. But, when questioned, put on the spot to define the terms it all falls apart.

I'm not going to tell you what aggression is, because I want you to go and dig deeper and find out the answer yourself. If you really don't know what it is, then you won't know how to prevent it, trigger it, or work with it safely. And you aren't qualified to charge people money to deal with their dog's aggressive behaviors.

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