Let’s Talk About Aggression

By Jennie K. Willis, PHD What is the function of aggressive behavior in dogs? It scares us and galvanizes us into action, often without a lot of thought. Most of the time we react by yelling at them to stop, pulling hard on the leash or swatting at them. Sometimes it includes removing them from the situation. I want to help you understand what the “goal” of an aggressive response is for your dog when it happens. Aggressive behavior is a response to something happening in the environment. The function of aggressive behavior is to get the threat to stop or get farther away. Aggression is motivated by fear not… Read More

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