Tag Archives: aggression

The Perfect Storm

Posted on: September 27, 2010 - 18 Comments

“I can’t believe he snapped at that dog!” “She nipped me. She’s never done that before!” These exclamations come from owners of dogs who had never before acted in an aggressive manner. What caused these dogs to act out in such a way? Many things can cause dogs to become reactive, of course, but in Read More

Calaveras Man Killed by Two Pitbulls—A Lesson About Pitbulls or About What Not to Do with Dogs?

Posted on: August 27, 2010 - 12 Comments

Local news reports, “A Mountain Ranch man was mauled to death by two pit bulls late Sunday afternoon.” The dogs belonged to a friend of the victim who was staying on his property. According to one newscast, the dogs were known to be territorial. They barked, growled and lunged at people from within their confined Read More

Practice Makes Perfect–Aggression, That Is

Posted on: August 9, 2010 - 17 Comments

Sierra and I had a pleasant play date at the park this morning with a friend and her adorable Corgi. We arrived early and had the place to ourselves, as is our habit, but after thirty minutes, other dogs began to arrive. Sierra loves to play. She was soon happily racing around with an Australian Read More

Insecurity

Posted on: January 5, 2010 - 2 Comments

Not a week goes by when someone – often several – clients come in ¬¬my office saying their dog is an “alpha” dog … over them, over other dogs in the household, over other dogs in the park, over other people, etc.   People complain that their dogs are bullies, especially where other dogs are concerned.   Read More

Not So Great Expectations!

Posted on: December 21, 2009 - 1 Comment

In a great many ways, dogs have a lot in common with humans – and in probably just as many ways, they have huge differences.  We do expect a lot from our pets, in some cases unreasonably and unrealistically so!  Sometimes it can be hard to know where the similarities lie, and where the differences Read More