“Aggression” refers to various behaviors that occur for various reasons. All wild animals are aggressive when guarding their territories, defending their offspring, and protecting themselves. Species that live in groups, including people and dogs, also use aggression and the threat of aggression to keep the peace and to negotiate social interactions.
To say that a dog is “aggressive” can mean a whole host of things. Aggression encompasses a range of behaviors that usually begin with warnings and can culminate in an attack. Dogs may abort their efforts at any point during an aggressive encounter. A dog that shows aggression to people usually exhibits some part of the following sequence of increasingly intense behaviors:
We look at a dog's behavior differently; with years of experience working with police and military K9s and the research developed in the most challenging space of treating a mental condition, C-PTSD, we can take a deep dive into a dog's overall mental health and directly look into the best practices of treatment. We start with the “study of one,” which is the foundation of our mission. No two dogs are the same; attempting a successful treatment method on one patient will not work on a new patient. This is where most “training” thinking comes from. It worked for this dog. It will work on all dogs; that is a myth.
We start every evaluation and treatment program with the understanding that the dog will tell you what it needs to heal, and we give them the time to show us their behavior and body language. Our approach is one of love and patience backed by years of research and experience.
Often, with these conditions, it's a matter of life and death for your dog; they are our best friends, companions, and family members, and we want the best for them. Finding the correct diagnosis and treatment options is the first step to recovery and a life free from these conditions; having your dog evaluated by a team of experts and getting it right the first time will quickly start that road to recovery. We have years of experience treating the most difficult in all dog behaviors, and your dog is in the best hands with our team.