Aggression

Outdoor vs Indoor – Which is Better for your Dog?

Outdoor vs Indoor – Which is Better for your Dog?

How we care for our dogs has certainly changed over the last few decades. I remember when I was growing up, my grandfather owned a kennel and he raised collies and boarded dogs. The barn (or the kennel) was a great place, each dog had it’s own indoor/outdoor run of maybe 10X20 for the boarders... »

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby, We have new neighbors who moved in about 6 weeks ago. They seem like a nice family, but the problem is they have two dogs that bark. A LOT. They are left home alone all day, everyday and spend most of their time in the yard barking. The family also seems to go out several nights a week a... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster | Dog Aggression or Love?

SlimDoggy MythBuster | Dog Aggression or Love?

Today we’re going to discuss a subject not frequently covered…dog humping. Yes, dogs hump each other, they hump you, they may hump the sofa pillows or a stuffed toy. But why do they hump? Some people say it’s a sign of aggression and dominance, that dogs mount each other as a displ... »

Jack Looks to WOOF for Support

Jack Looks to WOOF for Support

Both Jack and Maggie came to us after years of neglect and mistreatment. In other words, they both had some baggage. Jack was over-anxious and reactive. Maggie was extremely fearful. I’ve written about Maggie’s trials with her fears here and here, but I don’t write about Jack’... »

Dogs and kids – what could go wrong?

Dogs and kids – what could go wrong?

Dear Labby, We adopted a border collie/australian shepherd mix a few years ago and she is as sweet as can be. Our problems started when our daughter was born. At first, Blu was totally in love with the baby and slept by her, protected her, watched over her. But now that the baby is up and walking, w... »

Dear Labby, Can I be sued if my dog bites someone?

Dear Labby, Can I be sued if my dog bites someone?

Dear Labby, We have a dog who can be aggressive in certain circumstances. We work hard on her training and have made great strides, but she is still very protective of her home and her yard. I worry about someone entering the yard unexpectedly and being bitten by her. We have posted several “B... »

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Don’t misunderstand, I am no expert when it comes to working with dogs with fear aggression. Jack had a touch of this problem, but with hard work and a good trainer, he’s worked through most of it and while he doesn’t joyfully greet strangers like our Sally did, he tolerates them. ... »

Mythbuster #7 Dogs Hate Cats and Vice Versa

Mythbuster #7 Dogs Hate Cats and Vice Versa

This is a well known fact – Dogs hate cats and cats hate dogs – right? The animosity between the two species is well-documented through the ages in books, movies, cartoons and maybe even in your daily life. But is it true?     Of course not – if it was true how do explain... »

Dear Labby – Teeth Baring

Dear Labby – Teeth Baring

Dear Labby, When our two dogs play, Tally dances all around Taj trying to engage her. Taj being the older dog stands and looks at her, taunting her energetically, and every now and then she’ll give her a bit of a chase, which is exactly what Tally is trying to get her to do. This morning, Tall... »

Testing for food aggression ~ Poochie Project

Testing for food aggression ~ Poochie Project

Here is a fantastic article about food aggression testing from our friends at Poochie Project.  Some dogs will show food aggression depending on the newness of the environment and the food itself.  This article discusses some ways to test for aggression before it becomes a problem. Testing for food ... »