Fear Aggression is Normal Behavior

In all probability you may think you have done something wrong, if your dog continues to display aggressive behaviors that are rooted in fear. Fear aggressive dogs are a very common problem for many people, this is due to the inherited behavior of the survival instinct that your dog is born with. A certain percentage of dogs, even though you did all the right things raising that puppy, socializing them with people, other animal, etc. Will start displaying the unwanted behavior as they start to mature.

A couple of reasons for this can be :

1- – Sometimes as our puppy starts increasing in size we start becoming a little uncertain about what his body language is telling us.  We may start to inadvertently desocializing our dog, because of our uncertainties and maybe we become a little fearful.

2- – Some dogs just need constant socialization and positive encouragement throughout their young adult and adult life, to be comfortable.

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Boonville, New York 13309

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Fear Aggression : Why Our Dogs Fear Strangers

Fear Aggression with People

Our dogs can display fearful behaviors, which can lead to growling, lunging and barking ferociously at strangers or distant family members and maybe even biting, mainly  because of us. You would be hard pressed to find anybody that didn’t take their new little puppy around everywhere they went, met tons of people, other animals, exposed to variety of different environments, while that puppy was young between the ages of eight weeks and three or four months old. This is our most comfortable time with our dog. She’s a baby, she’s cute, she’s adorable,  so full of love and everything is hunky-dory in the world.

So how does your dogs fear aggression of strangers or people, really begin. Well, this goes back to us again. At some point in the initial development of our dogs early experiences, we start to become  a little uncertain, a little uncomfortable and maybe somewhat fearful, as to what our dog may do in any given situation. We have become  nervous, we have become scared. This will become a giant hindrance and possibly have dire consequences on the overall sociability of our dog, down the road.

Early Imprinting

Much has been written about the importance of early imprinting on dogs during those first few months of life. While this is still a very important factor in helping many dogs to grow up and be a well socialized and happy member of our family, it’s not the determining factor in having a happy dog. We are the determining factor, in having a well socialized and happy dog.

Adopted Dogs

Much has also been written about how some adopted dogs may have been abused or had a frightening experience with a stranger, while that dog was young.  In some cases this will be the primary reason for a dogs fearfulness and fear aggression directed at strangers. But again, there are many dogs that are mistrustful of strangers that have never been abused or had any bad experience during those early stages of life. It’s just as common for a dog to have a wonderful family and be fearful of strangers as those poor dogs that were abused and or neglected.

Spirit Animal Sanctuary

How do I know so much about fear aggressive dogs? It’s simple. We get two kinds of nervous or scared dogs here at the sanctuary. Those that were horribly mistreated and abused at the early stages of their life and those who came to Spirit, from the most caring and loving of families you will ever find.  Sometimes just exposing our dogs to all the many stimulating things in our world, is just not enough.  Occasionally we have to search inside of ourselves and work on our fears and uncertainties, to help the nervous dog get over his or her fears.

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Spirit dog and Bloodhound
Spirit Dog and Bloodhound
 

Spirit Dog and American Bulldog, yellow and black Labs, Dutch Shepherd

Spirit Dog and American Bulldog, yellow and black Labs, Dutch Shepherd

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Spirit Animal Sanctuary Videos: Carci, Bubbers, Big-E-Banks and Bear Bear

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The Happiness Factor

Is the key to a centered and well adjusted dog.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZmq-T0x5Wg

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Alan Papszycki  “The Spirit Dog”
President and Founder
Spirit Animal Sanctuary. 2539 East Road . Boonville, New York 13309

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Spirit Stories, Wagzie

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When my daughter, Melynda, was in college, she worked at an animal shelter for a time. When she was there, she fell madly in love with a dog whom we later called Wagzie.

Now, my husband Joe and I didn’t want a dog. Not one bit. We had already shared our lives with a lovely Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named “Vincent” who had passed away, but when Melynda met Wagzie, she told her brother Joe about this wonderful, intelligent dog she had fallen in love with and thus the “Adopt Wagzie” campaign began.

Wagzie, you see, was not being adopted by anyone. She was a mix of Rot and German Shepherd and the people who came to the Bergen County Shelter favored little dogs. Even though the shelter was a “no kill” environment, Wagzie had been there for over six months, living in a small caged space with a concrete floor and no toys, pillows or regular walks. The only fun these dogs would have was dependent on the generosity of the shelter volunteers.

Read more and see Wagzies video on, NJ Toy Travels

NJ Toy Travels is a blog by:
Maryann Woods Murphy
2009-2010 NJ Teacher of the Year
Northern Highlands Regional High School
Spanish Teacher & Diversity Educator

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Happy Holidays from Spirit Animal Sanctuary’s Founder Alan Papszycki

I’d like to wish you and your loved ones, a very merry holiday and a happy and safe new year.

Sincerely,

Alan Papszycki
Spirit Animal Sanctuary

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The Spirit Dog

$10,000. Reward for 11 Month Old Golden Retriever.

Missing, Lost Golden Retriever

Chris Cooley of San Antonio, Texas. Is offering a ten thousand dollar reward for his Golden Retriever puppy JB.

Mr.Cooley’s information about JB on http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/pet/2126025436.html

Read the rest at http://www.khou.com/news/texas

Please help JB find his way back home, to the Cooley family for Christmas.

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stolen dog

11 month old JB

Kroger Dog and Cat Food Recall

December 18, 2010 – The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.

Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.

More Information

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm237459.htm

http://www.kroger.com/services/Pages/recall_information.aspx ( web page may load slow)

Some Affected Brands

Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, Kroger Value Cat Food, Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food

Aflatoxin – Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops. If your pet shows any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.
See Also : http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002429.htm
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2539 East Road
Boonville, New York 13309
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