Dog-dog aggression vs. dog-human aggression

June 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Dog-on-dog aggression is NOT the same as dog-on-human aggression.

Let me repeat: A dog that is aggressive toward other dogs is NOT automatically aggressive toward people. You should NOT assume that because one dog goes after another dog that the same dog will also go after your child.

Obviously, that does not mean that you can leave your child/infant alone with a dog that has not displayed dog-on-human aggression. I have said it before, and I will say it again: NEVER. EVER. Under ANY circumstances, leave your child alone with ANY animal.

What causes dog-on-dog aggression? It can be nature, nurture, or a combination of both. Members of the terrier breed have higher instances of dog-on-dog aggression, though it’s not a given. Many terriers live happily with other dogs. Dog-on-dog aggression is seen in all breeds. A dog that is attacked as a puppy, and not properly re-socialized with other dogs can develop dog-on-dog aggression.

In most cases, dog-on-dog aggression can be faded, or managed. If you are dealing with this issue, please consult a certified behaviorist or veterinary behaviorist. Find one near you be searching:

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