Seven roots of aggression
When we look at a behavior we don’t treat just the expression of it, but the underlying cause of the behavior.
For example if the dog displays growling around his food bowl, we define it as food aggression, and we would correct the growling. The dog would then chose another way to display his concern, usually snapping or bite. In fact growling is not sign of aggression but a sign of concern that has a deep root in the dog’s psyche.
I’m many cases trauma is the primary cause.
I hear many times from my clients: “We adopted our dog at 8weeks . We brought him home from the breeder ourselves and have done nothing but love him. Why is he aggressive?”
When people surrender their dog because of aggression we need to understand that it was likely not the dogs fault and/or the people didn’t know how to establish or improve their relationship with their dog.
If the dog goes into behavior assessment or foster care the behavior the dog was surrendered can only successfully treated if we understand the root of the dispute and help the dog get back on track.
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