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All in the family: Canine Aggression to Family Members

All in the family: Canine Aggression to Family Members

By PetSafe Guest

There is no doubt that many people view their dogs as family members.  In fact many of my clients often use the term "four-legged children" when describing their pets.  A recent journal article in Science demonstrated that both people and their dogs experience an increase in the natural bonding hormone oxytocin after a period of interaction. Some researchers theorize the familiar canine characteristics of large eyes, playfulness, and retention of other juvenile traits promote a relationship similar to that of a parent and child.  Although the interaction is often very strong and relatively peaceful, just like any other relationship, there can be periods of conflict.

One of the most common factors in canine aggression is miscommunication between people and the dog.  Since pets fill a child-like role in our families, people commonly transpose ideas of child cognition...

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