“Resource Guarding?” Really?

“Resource guarding” seems to be the latest term used to describe dogs that are threatening or aggressive when their owners attempt to take something away from them.  In the scientific behavior literature, this would likely be referred to as &l...

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Birthday Parties for Pets – Always A Good Thing?

A recent news article described how birthday parties for pets are increasing in popularity.  Two high-end parties were described, with pooches and owners showing up at facilities that cater to dog parties.  For the dogs, there were birthday cakes, tr...

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Instinct, Drive and Other Causes of Dog Attacks

There was a news article* a few months back about a 4 year old girl killed by the family’s Rottweilers.  It was a truly sad situation and our hearts go out to the parents and family of this young child.  Dogs kill between 10 and 20 people a yea...

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Why Do We Not Recognize Fear Related Problems?

Fear is often an unrecognized cause of many pet behavior problems. Do we not recognize fear because we are viewing our relationship with our dogs in terms of the problematic “pack leader” model? Fearful behavior that is left untreated will persis...

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Fear and Its Effect on Behavior Problems

“Unrecognized Fears:   The Effects of Fear on Behavior and Behavior Problems”. Housesoiling, barking, destructive behavior, aggression, home alone problems – these are some of the most common types of behavior problems in dogs.  Whi...

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What Causes Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety, defined as a fearful response when a dog is separated from someone it is attached to, is a common behavior problem in dogs but is rarely seen in cats.  The most common complaints from owners of dogs with separation anxiety are destruct...

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Dog Called “Vicious” for Biting a Veterinary Technician

Did you ever think your dog could run afoul of your local animal control ordinances for biting a veterinary professional?  We didn't.  We've heard of civil suits under those circumstances, but not criminal ones.  Watch the video below to...

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Helping a Fearful Dog – Part 1

When Janie first saw Cosmo at the shelter, she fell in love with him.  He was a two year old male Sheltie that had a sign that said “Very shy with people, but a sweet little dog.”   He was very shy with her at the shelter, but she fe...

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Chicago Man Killed by Daughter’s Dogs

You can read the story in the Chicago Tribune about the man who was killed by his daughter's dogs that were living in the home.  At this point, not much is known about the attack and whether all, or just some of the 4 adult dogs and several puppies th...

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Analysis of a Dog Attack

A member of our Behavior Education Network, Peggy H., set us on to this video from Animal Planet.  After watching it, we thought it presented the perfect opportunity – or a teachable moment as some people call it – to help you better understan...

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