Resource Guarding or Space Invasion? Reasons for Aggressive Outburts in Dogs

Aggressive Outburts: Understanding Your Dogs Further

Labels like Resource Guarding can blind us to other possible explanations to aggressive outbursts by our companion dog.   The common understanding of resource guarding is that your dog may show the following behaviors: tense, stiff, give you a non-wavering gaze, lip retraction to show teeth, growling, snapping, and/or biting when a person or other animal approaches. This behavior usually occurs only when a person or other animal approaches your dog while: meal preparation, eating, sleeping, has a toy, by a “favorite” place or there might be a “new” item brought into the house, food/treats/vomit, anything related to meals – … Continue reading

The Stigma Of Muzzle Wearing

Muzzle Wearing? Is it Good or Bad?

Following recent developments in Dog Law, it has become apparent of the surrounding stigma attached to dogs that are out and about and muzzled. In several countries in fact it is the Law to have your dog muzzled in various circumstances especially if they fit the ‘Pit Bull’ type Dog. One of the problems is that the type of dog required by Law to wear a muzzle is the type of dog that already has stigma attached to them because of Breed Specific Legislation. When people see these dogs with muzzles out for walks, they often feel intimidated or nervous … Continue reading