Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Aggression: protective

Contributor(s): Karen Overall

Introduction

  • Unwanted threat and attack that occurs when dog perceives a threat to dog or owner - whether or not the threat is real.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Inherent tendency to guarding behavior and poor socialization will exacerbate the problem.

Predisposing factors

General
  • Lack of exposure resulting in fearfulness.
  • Trained to be guard dog.
  • Problem exacerbated in the long-term by physical punishment by owner or excitement of owner (reinforces behavior).

Specific

  • Trained to guard owner and behavior reinforced (innate selection for trait in breed).

Pathophysiology

  • Perceived threat → threat/attack behavior by dog towards source of perceived threat.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Landsberg G, Hunthausen W & Ackerman L (1997)Handbook of behavior problems of the dog and cat.139.
  • Overall K L (1997)Clinical behavioral medicine for small animals.109-111, 244-245, 131-134, 136-137.
  • Askew H (1996)Treatment of behavior problems in dogs and cats.98, 164, 169.
  • Beaver B (1983)Clinical classification of canine aggression.Applied Animal Ethology10, 34-43.
  • Borchelt P L & Voith V L (1982)Classification of animal behavior problems.Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract12, 571-586.

Organisation(s)

  • Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, PO Box 46, Worcester WR8 9YS, UK. Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1386 751151; Email: apbc@petbcent.demon.co.uk; Website: http://www.apbc.co.uk.


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