Killer Dogs – predation and predatory aggression in pets

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  Patterns of Predation Before dogs became pets, they were wild and lived by preying on animals big and small. Dogs would gather together to chase down an older, younger, or injured animal, grabbing the jugular vein or abdomen, resulting in a kill. All of the dogs would feed in turn, and bring some back to … Continued

Dog Bites: What To Do When You’re Attacked

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With all of the dog bite attacks that circulate in the news, you may sometimes worry; what if that were you?
As a veterinarian focused on behavior and an avid runner, I’ve dealt with a lot of dogs charging towards me and threatening to bite. In spite of working with aggressive dogs as well as running by off-leash dogs on a daily basis, I have only been bitten—minor bites— a few times over the last 20 years. What’s the secret? The number one secret is to stay calm. The more you scream and try to move the more aroused you’ll make the dog—here are the two scenarios.

Tips on Surviving a Dog Attack

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Have you ever been charged by a barking dog? Dr. Yin shares some tips on how to survive a dog attack.

Cat Bites Seemingly Randomly

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We have a 2 year old female cat (Kachina) who is fully declawed and spayed. She will jump on the bed or sofa with my wife (Liz) and want to be scratched behind her ears/head. She purrs while this is happening then all of a sudden she will turn and bite Liz in the arm. This used to happen 1-2 times every month or so and now it is a few times a week.

What to Do with a Cat Who Bites When Petted

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I’ve taken in a stray cat that’s about one year old and has been spayed. She’s very affectionate; however, sometimes when I pet her she either bites or scratches me. How can I stop her from doing this?

Startled Australian Cattle Dog Chases Bikes

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My young ACD is chasing bikes and sometimes runners. I think they startle her. They move so fast she goes into prey mode. How do I teach her to stop and wait when she is aroused?

Preventing Dog Bites

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The CDC reports 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. One thousand victims per day are seen at hospital emergency rooms. Animal care professionals are at risk.

Puppy Play Biting Leads to Marks on Hands and Arms

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My Havanese puppy loves to nip my heals and the backs of my legs. When I stand like a tree, he pulls my jeans or nips my legs and then stops. He also likes to nip my hands and arms. I am trying to teach him to kiss me instead of nip me but that is not working so well either.