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Dog aggression is an emotional issue. Those of us who have been on the receiving end of aggressive behavior from our own pets may have experienced anger, betrayal, sadness and even fear. Professionally, those of us charged with helping dogs who show aggression believe that what we do can make a difference in the lives of both the dogs and the people who love them. We believe in our methods and our abilities to assess our patients to formulate the proper treatment plan. That said, there are others who believe that dogs who lunge, bite or growl or those of a certain breed should be euthanized. This session will explore current research on the causes of dog aggression, the assessment of dogs, treatment, public perception and prevention in an accessible way. It will examine the research critically and challenge that which we “know to be true.” Attendees may be surprised to learn how much of what behavior professionals hold dear as the truth relating to dog aggression has yet to gather a consensus or published literature to support it. As much as is possible, real cases will be used to illustrate concepts. Learning Objectives: Understand the different definitions of aggression as they apply to dogs. Understand the different approaches of the primary researchers in the behavioral field. Understand how to critically examine the research on dog aggression. Understand the primary causes of dog aggression. Understand what is known about prevention.
Sponsor:The Pet Professional Guild
Speaker(s):Dr. Lisa Radosta