viernes, 6 de noviembre de 2009

Canine Aggression

The first thing to know about canine aggression is one of the most common dog behavior problems that occur in both males and females, regardless of race. A turn is one of the behavioral problems of concern to owners.

As soon as possible to reassure everyone say that, generally, almost all aggressive behavior problems have solutions.

What if our dog develops aggressive behavior?

1. Take your dog to the vet

The first rule is that the dog's aggressive behavior is due to an organic cause such as illness (brain disorders, epilepsy, hormonal dysfunction, etc.). Or is the consequence of pain (acute or chronic pain, etc.).. For that first thing is to take the animal to the vet because a lot of queries for assault (about 15 to 20% of cases) end when the animals are treated by a joint problem or a thorn in the bearing.

2. Set the type of aggressiveness

Discarded the first possibility we must deepen the dog's behavior to determine what type of aggression we face. Indeed, several types of canine violence and each of them requires different treatment.

Since there is no universal remedy, but each type of aggression should be treated differently. Usually we use a trained professional to diagnose properly, and that aggression is a highly complex behavior that can respond to many different causes.

According to AVSAB (American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior) there are about 20 different types of canine aggression but here we will only describe the most common types.

But before proceeding to this stage we enter a little into canine psychology and establish where it fits the aggressive behavior of the dogs.
Aggression in dogs

Certain types of aggression is considered normal behavior in dogs. There is a free but comes aggressiveness based and founded on a series of factors. Dogs like their cousins the wolves are social animals that is living in group: herd or pack.

Within the pack, there are different status or social level (the highest is the pack leader (also called individual super-alpha) then alpha dog (not as important as the boss, but with high social status) to dogs with varying degrees of low social status.

Within the group, dog aggression can be used for several reasons: acquiring or maintaining social status, defend the territory from strangers, defense of food, defend the puppies, or simply fear. Furthermore, the head of the pack (individual super-alpha) also uses aggression to control and punish the bad behavior of different group members.

This aggression, which is a natural behavior of dogs as it allows to regulate relations between members of a flock, and ensure its survival, can pose a serious problem in the domestic environment. Since the dog to join our family sees us as part of their herd and therefore behaved with us like a herd of truth. For this reason we must quickly show those above him and that is what you can not do.
The "sequence of aggression"

Normal aggressive behavior includes several phases: first the dog menace, biting and then finally check the result: elimination of the problem (solving phase).

Phase threat
Many people who have been bitten by a dog, were rejected because they did not detect nonverbal cues of the dogs that warned that he was threatening:

* Stare
* Cola rigid
* Grunt
* Show your teeth
* Wrinkle your nose

Some owners consider a positive characteristic aggressive dogs to protect the territory or the family and to stimulate. In that case we must be consistent with ourselves and with our dog.

We can not treat our dog as a hero the day he bites a thief and a criminal the next day because it bit a friend who came to visit. That if we can and should have more control over this type of dog, not left alone with visitors.

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