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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.

Dog on Dog Aggression

Dog on Dog Aggression

By Caryl Wolff

You're walking your dog, and he is loosey-goosey, smelling the ground, taking in the scenery - until he sees another dog. Then bam, he's barking and lunging on a leash, catching you off guard.

Why does this happen, and how can you fix it?

How to Help a Fearful Dog

By Meredith Stepita

What is your dog trying to tell you when you reach for his head and he leans away or pulls his ears back?

Canine Aggression towards Strangers

By Julie Albright

What’s behind a dog’s aggression to visitors and unfamiliar people outside the home?

How to Socialize for the Dog Park

By Michelle Mullins

Is your dog ready for his big day at the dog park? Teach him good park manners with these socialization steps.