Reconciliatory behavior in dominant aggressive dogs : analysis of 108 cases
One hundred-eight cases of dogs diagnosed with aggression due to dominance, or dominance combined with other types of aggression including territorial and fear-based aggression were analyzed using a number of different variables. These variables were gathered from questionnaires filled out by the dogs' owners before admission of their pets into the Behavior Clinic for diagnosis and treatment. Of main interest in this analysis was the connection, if any, between dogs diagnosed with dominance-based aggression and any expression of reconciliatory behavior following a display of aggression. Along with a number of other questions relating to their pets' behavior, owners were asked if their dog appeared "sorry" after displaying aggression. A "yes" answer was interpreted as reconciliatory behavior on the part of the dog, "no" meant that there was no type of reconciliatory behavior displayed by the dog. Herein, "reconciliatory" dogs will refer to those displaying reconciliatory behavior after an aggressive incident, while "non-reconciliatory" dogs will refer to those dogs that did not display reconciliatory-type behavior after an aggressive incident.
Senior seminar paperSeminar SF610.1 2003 K76
Dogs -- Behavior -- Case studies