Classification of behavior problems in dogs: Distributions of age, breed, sex and reproductive status

Short Synopsis: In dogs referred for behavior management, the most common behavior problems were aggression and stimulus activity. Many additional factors were considered including breed, sex, and neutered/spayed vs. intact. (Mixed breeds were the most common of the sample size, with sporting and mixed breeds presenting most frequently for behavior problems. Intact males were the most common to present with …

Aggressive behavior in adopted dogs that passed a temperament test

Title: Aggressive behavior in adopted dogs that passed a temperament test Short Synopsis: Temperament testing done by shelters cannot reliably illustrate aggressive tendencies that dogs exhibit in the home. This is likely due to situations that are not mimicked on temperament testing that occurs in the home motivating territorial and predatory aggression. Authors: E Christensen, J Scarlett, M Campagna, K …

“Reactivity to Stimuli” Is a Temperamental Factor Contributing to Canine Aggression

Short Synopsis: This study is a follow-up to another project that found that Shiba Inus who are “reactive to stimuli” are also more likely to be aggressive. The goal was to see if that trend continued across other breeds. They used the C-BARQ to determine how much the dogs reacted to various stimuli, like being approached by a stranger. The authors …

Canine Aggression Toward Familiar People: A New Look at an Old Problem

Short Synopsis: It used to be common to refer to aggression towards familiar people as dominance aggression in all contexts. These veterinary PhDs outline different explanations for different types of aggression directed at owners, including how to diagnose based on body language, neurologic exam, a complete blood cell count, serum chemistry panel, and urinalysis. The authors write, “Medical differentials that should …

“Reactivity to Stimuli” is a Temperamental Factor Contributing to Canine Aggression

Short Synopsis: The study showed there was a correlation between dogs’ reactivity to their environment and aggression. In other words, dogs who were more easily upset by environmental changes were also more likely to be aggressive in four different types of aggression. Four targets of aggression were included in the study: owner directed, stranger directed, child-directed, and dog directed. Reactivity …

Owner-reported aggressive behavior towards familiar people may be a more prominent occurrence in pet shop-traded dogs

Short Synopsis: Owner-directed aggression, house soiling, body licking, and separation-related behavior were all more common in pet store puppies than breeder puppies. Authors: Federica Pirronea, Ludovica Pierantoni, Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Mariangela Albertini Publication: Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Volume 11, January–February 2016, Pages 13-17 Publication Date: February 2016 Applies To: Behavior problems in pet store puppies. Limitations/Drawbacks: Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787815001975

Can Aggression in Dogs Be Elicited Through the Use of Electronic Pet Containment Systems?

Short Synopsis: Invisible fences *might* have contributed to unexpected aggressive response in five cases, given that all attacks occured at the boundary of the fence and most of the dogs were shocked during the attack. Authors: Richard Polsky Publication: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Volume 3, 2000 – Issue 4. Pages 345-357. Publication Date: June 04, 2010 Applies To: Aggression, electric fences. …