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What is Aggression ? Reactivity vs Aggression

  • Reactivity is not aggression, but can escalate.

  • Resource guarding may involve protection of people, toys, beds, or food.

  • Animal behaviorists can help address the issues that cause aggression.

Aggression is one of the most common reasons pet owners seek professional help for their dogs. But what is aggression? Aggression is hostile, injurious, or destructive behavior toward an individual, whether human or another animal.

It’s important to determine the cause of aggression to deal appropriately with the issue at hand. Aggression in dogs can be due to guarding territory, resources, or a family member; fear; frustration; prey drive; or pain. In all of these situations, a dog may be pushed too far and can transition quickly from reactive, fearful, or guarding behaviors to being aggressive.


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