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Your Dog's Personality and Identify
not unusual for owners of aggressive dogs to refuse to acknowledge
the problem. Reasons vary. For example, some owners mistakenly think
the dog will outgrow aggression, but it will only get worse. Others
believe this type of behavior is a reflection on them -- that perhaps
people will think they have neglected or mistreated the dog, but aggression
can happen in the best of families. Some people just don't want to
take the time or spend the money that might be required to correct
the problem. And others who may be dealing with serious and dangerous
types of aggression that can't be modified, do not want to deal with
the options that apply to dangerous dogs. The most common excuse for
NOT dealing with aggressive behavior is "He isn't aggressive
all the time! He'll grow out of it." Uncle Matty says,
"But, the older a dog gets the more aggressive he becomes.
It only takes one bite to cause pain and suffering for everyone concerned."
to deal with aggressive behavior is irresponsible. It can lead to
tragedy, child endangerment charges, a lifetime of pain and suffering
for family members or others, lawsuits, the loss of your homeowner's
or renter's insurance, the loss of your home, or the loss of your
dog. Worse than all of these put together, aggressive dogs can kill.
more information, read the "Laws
- Insurance" section of the Woof Gazette.
your dog has been showing the signs of aggression, you really need
to identify his personality or temperament. It can help prevent
a tragedy. In fact, regardless of your dog's behavior, you should
know his personality type. It is the only way you can truly communicate.
It is the only way problems can really be solved. It is the only
way a dog can learn effectively. You don't communicate with a lethargic
couch potato the same way you communicate with a high-energy, run-around-the-house
the personality of a puppy or older dog before you take him home.
If you don't, you could be acquiring a dog that is a risk for you
and others. If there are children in your home, you could be endangering
them. Some dogs do not have child-compatible temperaments. And,
unless you are in the business of rescuing dangerous dogs, you have
the special skills and you know the rules, avoid making an aggressive
dog a member of your family. This will prevent the heartache of
having to deal with the problem later and you just could be preventing
you already know your dog is aggressive (growling, lunging,
snarling, snapping and/or biting) please seek professional help
to determine the type of aggression and how to modify or control
should not attempt any of these tests.
adults are required for some tests.
your dog is six months old or younger, there is
little risk to the administration of these tests.
If your dog is at least six months old but not older than one
year, use caution.
If your dog is older than one year,
use extreme caution and if your dog is showing the
signs of aggression, or you fear your dog, the help of a professional
Because every dog is unique and it is impossible for these instructions
to predict every dog's reaction or anticipate the seriousness
of any aggression, approach these tests with caution. If you
believe you are not able to control the dog during these tests,
please get the help of a qualified professional.
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