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Dog aggression; Why is a dog aggressive toward other dogs?
Topic Started: 6 Oct 2017, 11:16 AM (190 Views)
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According to a new research [MacLean EL, Gesquiere LR, Gruen ME, Sherman BL, Martin WL and Carter CS (2017). Endogenous Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Aggression in Domestic Dogs. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, Article 1613. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01613], the balance between two antagonistic hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, may be responsible for why some dogs are aggressive.

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I don't know whether that's right or not, but from personal experience Meg was aggressive to other dogs because she was scared. It was basically her saying 'I'm scared of you but if I act tough you'll go away'. She was the same with people too :(

Offlead she was fine and got on with dogs on the group walks. :angel GSD:
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Perfect timing people! Was just thinking about posting the question:

Top tips for dealing with the scenario described exactly in Megatronic's post? New rescue boy who fits the exact same description ie okay off lead but VERY shouty on lead. I understand why he's like it (not properly socialised at start) but are there any tried and tested methods people have found to improve the behaviour? To be fair it's his only issue (apart from eating his own poo :*****: :noway: ) so I can't complain really. Just want the best way to help him and I know it's a common issue.

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I can help with the poo eating...grate a courgette into his food. He’ll like eating it first time around, not so much second time

Kiera can, not always, act like this onlead. If there’s time I sit her down, get her calm (and stay calm myself), I stand right in front of her (or if she’s especially agitated between her and the other dog) and repeat ‘leave’ (more for her reassurance) until they’ve passed. If there’s not much time I just put myself between her and them...people round here wouldn’t think to wait for me to go through this routine, it’s all about them

My thoughts on this...
Kiera is especially sensitive to others feelings and over the years I’ve realised it’s not me or her it’s the way the other owner is. We always bang on about if the owner is nervous the dog is nervous well I think that’s what she picks up on from the other owner. We have a high rate of handbag dog owners here who really have no idea about dogs at all...they see her, Black and Tan GSD and they instantly poo their pants...they see my other GSD, a white one, think he’s a husky and they’re fine...it’s their ignorance, not ours or hers
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Watch the poo eating. It can be a symptom of EPI. Only worry about this if he/she is also losing weight.
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The European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE) is a non-profit making organisation which aims to promote and support scientific progress in veterinary behaviour medicine and comparative clinical ethology.
In September 2017, they released their position statement on the use of E-collars (shock collars) in dog training on their website.

Other useful information:

Statement on the use of inadequate training methods

Welfare in Dog Training

VERY IMPORTANT: What are the Implications of Using Training Techniques Which Induce Fear or Pain in Dogs?

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