Anxiety in Dogs

  • Which Medication Should be Used for Dog Aggression?

    Which Medication Should be Used for Dog Aggression?

    Typically when a dog owner first researches whether medication could be used for aggression, they learn there are a number of medications that could be used.  Which medication is best? Which medication(s) your dog will best respond to depends on the diagnosis, because aggression is only a symptom of an underlying problem, not a diagnosis…

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  • How anxiety relates to dog aggression and why we need to treat it

    How anxiety relates to dog aggression and why we need to treat it

    While you may think your dog is aggressive because of the neighbour’s black dog or the guy wearing that crazy hat, it is now believed by the scientific community that anxiety or uncertainty underlies most dog aggression (1).  That anxiety or uncertainty in dogs underlies dog aggression is not immediately obvious. As a result it…

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  • Dog training tip: training a dog that isn’t food motivated

    Dog training tip: training a dog that isn’t food motivated

    This dog-training article about food motivation (see below) was written originally some time ago, and yet trainers still struggle with clients and others that insist their dogs are not food motivated (or worse – using food for training leads to euthanasia – yikes!) If you are new to training, you might be confused about who’s…

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  • 5 Harsh Realities of Treating Dog Aggression

    5 Harsh Realities of Treating Dog Aggression

    On the surface treating dog aggression – if not a simple fix – can at least appear to be relatively straightforward. Teach your dog to do something that is incompatible with aggressive behavior. How hard can that be? Well, after the initial cycle of excitement and enthusiasm, there is the inevitable wake-up call to reality.…

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  • Control Barking

    Control Barking

    Most people find excessive dog barking very annoying. But barking is only a symptom of another problem. Understanding why your dog is barking is the first step toward controlling it. Certainly many dogs bark when someone is at the door. This is the equivalent of a dog warning its pack that there are approaching strangers or possible intruders.…

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  • Do aggressive dogs have more trouble understanding humans?

    Do aggressive dogs have more trouble understanding humans?

    Dogs are better than monkeys when it comes to reading our social cues to find hidden food and according to this study, Human-like Social Skills in Dogs?, are “unusually skilled as reading human social and communicative behavior”. Yet in a study with selectively bred foxes who were not selected for this skill, but bred to…

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