It’s very easy for dogs to suffer with nervousness and fear when it comes to meeting people, and in particular I’ve helped a lot of dogs that are worse around men. Either shying away from them and giving men a wide berth, or barking and growling in a pre-emptive self defence.
Those I help who have a rescue dog often assume that this means the dog was poorly treated by a man in the past. However (more…)
I get a lot of concerned emails and phone calls from people as a result of a particular behaviour that they have seen from their dog which is causing them to question whether or not their dog is becoming aggressive. The general understanding that comes across in this type of enquiry is that dogs either are or aren’t aggressive and if they ‘become’ aggressive then that puts them into the ‘are’ category, (more…)
Fear aggression is referred to both in a canine and in a human psychological context, and it literally means aggression which is induced by fear. In potentially life threatening situations, adrenalin kicks in and the body responds with flight, freeze or fight. Which response the adrenalin generates will depend on personality and past experience. All animals can learn to ‘get the first punch in’ if (more…)