Aggression in dogs

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Postby msvette2u » June 7th, 2006, 2:53 pm

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Postby mnp13 » June 7th, 2006, 6:15 pm

Because of the association with social contexts, dominance aggression (like all other aggression) is probably representative of a canine anxiety disorder


Canine anxiety disorder?

A dominant dog uses aggression to exert its dominance, what part of dominance is linked to anxiety?
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Postby Marinepits » June 7th, 2006, 6:28 pm

I thought canine anxiety disorder was usually expressed through fear-driven behaviors such as fear-biting or howling incessantly when left alone?
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Postby katiek0417 » June 7th, 2006, 6:33 pm

Marinepits wrote:I thought canine anxiety disorder was usually expressed through fear-driven behaviors such as fear-biting or howling incessantly when left alone?


That's been my experience...I had a dog with canine anxiety disorder...and he bit me out of fear (and broke my wrist)
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Postby msvette2u » June 7th, 2006, 6:41 pm

mnp13 wrote:
Because of the association with social contexts, dominance aggression (like all other aggression) is probably representative of a canine anxiety disorder


Canine anxiety disorder?

A dominant dog uses aggression to exert its dominance, what part of dominance is linked to anxiety?

Taken in context it makes more sense. Read on:

Dominance aggression is a description for a complex of multi-factorial disorders. Because of the association with social contexts, dominance aggression (like all other aggression) is probably representative of a canine anxiety disorder. Dogs demonstrating dominance aggression can be divided into two broad groups: (1) those who have no doubt that they are in control and can compel their clients to do their bidding), and (2) those who are unsure of their social role and use the aggressive behaviors to deform the social system to get much needed information about what is expected of them. They define their social and behavioral boundaries using the response to their aggression.
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Postby msvette2u » June 7th, 2006, 6:58 pm

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Postby Marinepits » June 7th, 2006, 9:28 pm

and (2) those who are unsure of their social role and use the aggressive behaviors to deform the social system to get much needed information about what is expected of them.


Okay, I get the "anxiety" link now. Thanks!
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Postby mnp13 » June 7th, 2006, 11:03 pm

Those two groups are VERY broad and pretty much polar opposite.
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