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By Paul Reedy

Originally, I had not planned on writing about this subject until after the column had a chance to grow out of its infancy. After having given it some thought, I felt that it was too important to let sit on the back burner.

The subject is aggression.

Aggression is a problem that no one wants to have to deal with. If you own a dog most will be faced with it at some time or another.

Aggression is the number one problem that owners have with their dogs. It is also a major contributor to the number of dogs put into shelters each year.

There are different types of aggression:

1. Dominance Aggression
2. Territorial Aggression
3. Fear Aggression
4. Predatory Aggression
5. Dog on dog Aggression

Your dog may exhibit one or all of these behaviors and he may exhibit these behaviors at various levels. Each individual owner has to recognize what are appropriate behaviors or has your dog crossed the line.

So How Do We Fix Aggression?

It may sound like a cliché, but in order to correct any problem one has to recognize that there is one.

The first step is we must be honest with ourselves and not make excuses for the dog. Aggression is not breed specific, all dogs are capable of showing it. Many dogs are not properly treated because the owner could not admit that they had a problem and never received help.

Those that do get help often do not fully explain the extent of the problem until its too late. Take comfort in knowing that aggression in all of its forms is normal.

In the following weeks we will address all of the areas of aggression and what can be done about them.

Paul Reedy is a new Urban Chic columnist. He was in law enforcement from 1994-2001. He decided to venture out into the area of dog training and made a point to do everything in his power to increase his knowledge of dogs and how they think.

He attended Triple Crown Dog Academy and is certified as a Canine Behavior and Training Specialist. In December of 2001, Reedy attended Adlerhorst International for additional training as a police dog handler.

For questions about your dog contact Paul at urbanchic@blackvoicenews.com

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