New Thinking on the Right Way to Help a Dog with Conflict Aggression

How to support a pet who acts aggressively towards you instead of showing her who’s boss.


If a dog gives a warning bark or snaps when the person who takes care of her goes near her food bowl or picks up one of her toys, she she may be afflicted with what is known as conflict aggression. A dog with conflict aggression might also sound a warning growl when the person goes to touch her, perhaps even just to attach the lead in order to go out for a walk.

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