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Aggression most common behavior problem in dogs • Many types of aggression • Some innate • Some due to learning history • Some due to interaction • Most can be treated
Territorial Aggression • Wild canids ARE territorial. • live in certain area, defend this area from intruders. • Wolves are highly territorial. • Coyote/wolf who’s not part of a pack invades their territory, the residents attack/drive off intruder. • Some dogs display the same tendencies. • bark and charge at people or other animals encroaching on their home turf. • often valued for this level of territorial behavior. • some dogs take this a step farther: attack and bite any intruder • Territorial aggression can occur along the boundary regularly patrolled by a dog or at the boundaries of her pet parents’ property. • Other dogs show only toward people/animals coming into the home. • Male and female dogs are equally prone to territorial aggression. • Puppies rarely territorial. • Territorial behavior usually emerges at adolescence early adulthood; one to three years of age.
Protective Aggression • Dogs = social species. • If left on their own, • live together in small groups, packs, of family/friends. • If one member in danger, the others rush to defend • This is classified as protective aggression: dogs are protecting one of their own. • Pet dogs protect “their” pack….family members or friends • Sometimes only for those “lower” or more vunerable than themselves. • Little kids or her litter of puppies. • New baby is s “threat” to her people parents (think of the sounds that baby makes!) • Both male and female dogs equally prone • Puppies are rarely protective; emerges in adolescence or adulthood, at one to three years of age.
Possessive Aggression • Dogs have left over evolutionary instinct to compete for food, nesting sites and mates to survive. • Thus, many pet dogs still show tendency to guard possessions from others • Food or food bowl (sometimes even water bowl) • Toys • People • Resting spots • Usually easy to identify because only aggressive when has something s/he covets. • some dogs hide cherished things around the house; guard them from unsuspecting people or animals • Male and female dogs are equally prone to possessive aggression, • IS common in both puppies and adults.