Tag Archives: dog aggression

My Dog Doesn’t Like Other Dogs: 5 steps to Stop the Barking and Lunging

Posted on: June 5, 2017 - 1 Comment

We’ve all seen it. Person and dog are walking along the street. Dog spots another person or dog and goes ballistic. Barking, lunging, ducking and diving, in a flurry of teeth and claws, looking for all the world as if she wants to eat everyone in her path. Then we see the poor owner trying Read More

Dog Training is Like Your Retirement Account, an Investment

Posted on: August 5, 2015 - No Comments

You will see the returns of your effort by sticking with the program for the long haul. If we want to see a change in our dog’s behavior we have to do the work, simple as that.

Positively Dog Training Episode 403

Posted on: April 21, 2015 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly (along with guest host, Positively Director of Digital Content Alex Andes) talk about Victoria’s new #poopandtell campaign, and Holly’s dog experiences in San Diego. This week’s Ask Victoria questions get her all fired up, and Alex stumps both Holly and Victoria with Animal Academy.

Positively Success Story: Mushu

Posted on: January 5, 2015 - No Comments

I adopted Mushu (a patterdale terrier cross) when he was just 8 months old. He had been abused by the first family and given to another family who didn't have the patience for him and abused him also. He was given to a third family who could not take his aggressive behavior around their children. Read More

When aggressive behavior does not mean an aggressive dog

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments

Imagine sitting in study hall, cramming for your math final the next period. You’re focused. Determined. Then, the boy behind you starts smacking his gum. You need to learn these equations! You try to shut out the noise, but then he starts tapping your shoulder with his pen. You whirl around – it was an Read More

Researchers Probe Into the Causes of Aggression

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

Researchers in the UK are looking more closely than ever to try to get to the root of aggression in dogs. By looking at the DNA of dogs, they are hoping to get a more objective picture of what causes aggressive behavior and how to prevent it. The University of Lincoln says that this type Read More

Dog/Dog Aggression

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 27 Comments

Dog-to-dog aggression is a common occurrence and one that causes extreme stress for dogs and owners. Multi-dog households frequently experience some kind of 'sibling' rivalry with short squabbles and disagreements, but these are usually mild and happen infrequently enough to maintain a comfort level that allows for everyone to live safely and peacefully. If violence Read More

Aggression

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Aggression in dogs is a massive issue. From dog bite prevention and public safety to the pet overpopulation problem due to over-capacity animal shelters, aggression is a leading cause of many of the major problems in the dog world. Dogs aggress under many different circumstances from leash reactivity to territorial issues, and aggression can be Read More

‘Red Zone’ Dogs

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Positive training does not only work on small dogs with minor obedience issues – it is also by far the most effective way to treat severe anxiety and so called ‘red zone’ aggression cases. (The term ‘red zone’ has become synonymous when describing severely aggressive or reactive dogs.) On It’s Me or the Dog, her Read More

Victoria Talks About Aggressive Dogs on HLN

Posted on: November 16, 2013 - 4 Comments

Victoria was featured on "News Now" with Mike Galanos on HLN, where she worked with a dog aggressive Jack Russell terrier named Sadie Mae, and a timid shepherd mix named Angelina. The two dogs met on-camera for the first time, and Victoria walked Mike through the two dogs' body language and the signals to look Read More

Fighting Dogs Begin to Heal

Posted on: October 4, 2013 - 5 Comments

Just one month after their rescue from a dogfighting ring stretching across multiple states, several hundred dogs are beginning the long road to physical and emotional recovery. The dogs are in the care of the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States, and are receiving much needed nutrition and medical care.

Teaching A Leash Reactive Dog To Make The Right Choices

Posted on: June 18, 2013 - 31 Comments

When Sadie first came into my life four years ago, she was what I would call a reactive dog, lunging towards and barking viciously at any dog that walked past or came close to her. Fortunately I was able to temper her reaction and teach her a new way to cope and behave in similar situations. The techniques I used meant I could change her behavior without physically punishing or imposing my will upon her in any way. I just gave her choices.

Positively Dog Training Episode 317

Posted on: February 7, 2013 - 1 Comment

Victoria's trip to Ireland for an upcoming project, how Holly lost her verbal filter, the Miami Dog Bite Conference & a chat with VSPDT trainer Amy Weeks.

Ask Victoria – Josephine (Alicante, Spain)

Posted on: January 11, 2012 - 3 Comments

I’ve got a three year old husky who was abandoned as a puppy and found by the police, so we adopted her. While walking her when she was four months old, an Alsatian bit her, and since then she’s extremely aggressive towards dogs (but loving to humans).  I’ve tried training – though did not agree Read More

Don’t Take Their Word for It

Posted on: November 12, 2010 - 14 Comments

Picture this: you’re walking your dog at the park when you spot another dog and owner coming toward you. There’s something about the dog that gives you pause. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but that little inner voice is saying, “This is not a dog you want your dog to greet.” As Read More

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

Socialization and Fear

Posted on: September 1, 2010 - 4 Comments

Is your dog low on the “social butterfly” scale? If you’re wondering why your dog is not more playful with you, other people or dogs and what you can do, take heart. Most dogs can learn to be more playful and affectionate. Sometimes we have to train a water-shy Labrador to swim and socialize. Try 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

Flooding

Posted on: December 23, 2009 - 2 Comments

Cooper was a 2 year old male Boxer that responded aggressively towards other dogs. His owners had tried many different methods in an attempt to modify Cooper's behaviour, but his reactions towards other dogs just got worse. He displayed threatening behaviour when he was being walked on and off the lead except at doggy day Read More

Chaining Dogs Unleashes Bad Behavior

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USA Today, August 13, 2009 I am constantly surprised at the number of my clients who regularly chain or tie their dog in the backyard for long periods of time and then wonder why the dog is misbehaving on and off the leash. Unfortunately, such tethering is common practice in the U.S. because of the Read More