Dominance in Dogs is Not a Personality Trait

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Anyone who hangs out with dogs and their owners has probably heard this or similar comments a million times-“My dog is dominant, he ignores our commands and plays too rough with other dogs.” To the general dog owner, this statement seems pretty normal, but to researchers studying social hierarchies in animals ranging from lions, to macaque monkeys, to bulls, the statement is likely to solicit a pause followed by a “huh?”

Handling Dominance Aggression in Dogs

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Do you have a dog with dominance aggression? Is he confident and aggressive over many types of resources? Is he outgoing, one moment as charming as Casanova, the next more like Mike Tyson? Read on.