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Understanding Dog Aggression

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Aggression with dogs is understood as any type of behavior that aims at frightening or hurting another animal or human. Growling, snarling, showing teeth, and similar behaviors are all considered aggressive. Although they are normal, humans generally seem to have a problem with these types of behavior. From the dog’s perspective, there is always a reason to be aggressive.

Aggression towards strangers

dog aggressionPeople and dogs have different ways of communicating, which can often lead to misunderstandings between the two species. A person can be friendly towards a dog, but it can misinterpret this behavior as threatening or frightening. This doesn’t mean that dogs are necessarily schizophrenic, crazy, psychotic or sick when showing this behavior.

As it is extremely complex and result in serious consequences, aggressive behavior of your dog towards strangers should be consulted with a veterinarian or other dog professional.

Types of aggression

Dominant aggression

Dominant aggression is motivated by the struggle for social status of the dog or the control of social interaction. Dogs are animals that live in packs and consider their human family as pack members. Based on the outcomes of status struggle among pack members, hierarchy is established.

If the dog sees its social status as higher than your own, it is highly likely that it will challenge you in certain situations. Since people don’t always understand how dogs communicate, they can unintentionally challenge their dog to a fight for higher social position.

A dominantly aggressive dog can growl if disturbed while asleep, or if asked to leave its favorite spot like a couch or bed. Using force, even physically harmless attempts such as hugs can also result in aggression. Grabbing a dog by its collar or attempting to pet it on the head can also be seen as a social challenge.

Dominantly aggressive dogs can be friendly if not tempted. Dominant aggression is directed towards other animals and humans. The most frequents cause for aggression within a pack is instability in hierarchy.

Fear motivated aggression

Fear motivated aggression is a defense mechanism and it occurs when a dog believes it’s in danger. Keep in mind that this is seen from the dog’s perspective, it is not your fault if you cause such a reaction. For example, you can raise your arm to throw a ball and a dog can bite you thinking that you wanted to hit it. A dog can also react this way in the presence of other dogs or animals.

Protective, territorial, and possessive aggression

Protective, territorial, and possessive aggressions are closely connected and involve the defense of valuable sources. Territorial aggression is often connected to protecting property. The domain your dog believes belong to it can extend beyond your back yard. For example, if you constantly take your dog out for a walk to the park and let it mark a specific spot then the entire park becomes its territory.

Protective aggression is related to the aggression towards people and animals that the dog sees as a threat to the pack. The dog gets possessively aggressive when protecting its food, toys, or other valuable objects.

Redirected aggression

This type of aggression is relatively common. If a dog’s aggression is caused by danger of an attack, the dog can redirect that aggression onto someone else. In other words, when two dogs behind a fence see a dog outside the house, they can get excited, aggressive, and attack each other because they can’t get outside.

Author bio: Andrea Hudson is a professional photographer and a great dog lover. She is interested in dogs and pets related topics, and she is also the first person in the neighborhood who you call for help when you lose your dog, or any kind of pet. She is always there for her friends..

How Types Of Grass Can Make A Difference In Housebreaking

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

When it comes to grass litter boxes, there are two very different options you can choose from. Some grass litter boxes utilize natural grass while others utilize a synthetic solution. Because grass litter boxes are used as a tool to help housebreak a new dog, there are certain characteristics which should be considered before you settle on your particular form of potty terrain.

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Synthetics

There are many different brands and styles of synthetic grass. Some utilize fibers that resist scent and others appeal with a texture that matches the real thing. Regardless, of who makes them, there are certain characteristics which make them appealing to dog potty applications.

Synthetic grasses are renowned for their longevity. Unlike natural grass, they don’t have a lifespan, but that doesn’t mean they can’t wear out. Some producers such as the Pet Zoom produce a patch which can last up to three years with the proper care, while others like Pup-Grass take synthetic to a different level, applying every aspect possible, such as fast draining, tear-resistant, and even scent resistant. While each producer has their own synthetic grass format, companies like Pup-Grass strictly produce synthetic grass for dog applications, including the entire yard.

Unlike natural grass patches that can be thrown away or discarded, synthetic grass does still requireits own unique maintenance. Some manufacturers require hand-washing while others can be machine washed without excessive wear. The only issue here is that the material does get dirty and it’s not exactly disposable, requiring that you spend time washing and maintaining it.

This “immortal” aspect does have its downside though, because as you may understand, synthetic grass doesn’t have the natural scent that real grass has. This can make it difficult for a young puppy to accept or adapt to it if they’ve been accustomed to using an outdoor area. In these cases, you may be required to utilize incentive sprays, some of which may not work, leaving you shopping around for a product that works for your dog’s particular nose.

The real thing

Natural grass has certain characteristics which can’t be replicated by synthetics alone. The texture and feel of grass tends to have a natural instinctive appeal to a dog. But because it does have a lifespan, it isn’t always the most cost-effective method for your dog’s long-term potty needs.

Additionally, it also acts as a transitional tool for a dog that is in the housetraining process. If you are working towards motivating your dog to potty outdoors, this can be a very effective way to familiarize your dog with the particular characteristics of where it’s good to potty.

There are many differences between synthetic and natural grass, some which benefit certain applications. If you’re working on housetraining your dog, natural grass is often the simplest solution. Though it does help to find an indoor litter box that can provide either solution so that you can give your dog what they prefer without investing in a completely new unit.

Author Bio:

Brandon Kennington is the inventor and owner of the Porch Potty – the world’s first automatic grass dog litter box. As dog owner and a busy business owner, Brandon invented the Porch Potty when he didn’t want his dog to have to wait all day to go. Porch Potty admires dog owners and also provides great tips for dog lovers on the Porch Potty Blog.

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Dog Walkers Guest Blogging – Write a guest post for us!

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Here at Dog Walkers City we like to publish interesting, controversial and helpful articles on the subject of Dogs. Of course, we lean towards subjects that will be of interest to professional Dog walkers but that’s not to say we limit ourselves to those subjects. Some of our recently published articles include; Dog Walking Rates, Advertising Your Dog Walking Business Online, Pros & Cons of Neutering Your Dog and 10 Basic Dog Health Checks.

If you’re a fan of the Dog Walkers City Blog, have a keen interest in Dogs and have a reasonably good command of the English language then we’re looking for you! We’re looking for guest blog authors to write for the blog. Writing a guest blog post for Dog Walkers City has many benefits, including a link back to your own website in a ‘bio’ at the bottom of the post. A link back from us has a good chance of increasing your search engine ranking!

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Your post will also be read by over a thousand Dog Walkers City members and all of our posts rank highly in Google, meaning people searching for the topic you write about will read your post and see your bio and website link.

We accept articles on any Dog subject, as long as the subject is interesting or helpful in some way. Take a look through our back catalogue on the blog and you’ll get an idea of the sort of articles we publish. The article must be at least 450 words in length and must be accurate. We also accept review style posts on Dog products. If you’ve used a product that you love or hate, why not tell the world?!

So, if you’d like to write for the Dog Walkers City blog, get in touch. You can contact us via our contact form here. Or send us an email at:

admin (at) dogwalkerscity (dot) com

Similarly, we are always interested in writing for other Dog blogs so that we can broaden our network. If you’d like us to write for you, contact us in the same way as above.

The Dog Walkers City Mega Membership is now available. Sign up today for a vast number of benefits ranging from premium members profiles to business guides and invoice templates. If you’re looking to be or you are a dog sitter, then this is the only membership you’ll ever need. Find out more here.

Welcome To The Dog Walkers City Blog

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Welcome to the brand new, Dog Walkers City Blog! We hope to share a whole range of new content with you via the blog, including helpful articles, informative guides, funny videos, controversial opinion pieces and more! We encourage you to let us know your opinions in the comments below each blog post and even inform us of what you want to see more of or less of at Dog Walkers City.

If you have any suggestions of what you want to see on the blog please get in touch in the comments. We will also be looking for guest bloggers to feature on the site so if you have something you want to get off your tongue please let us know. You can even leave a link back to your website for some extra exposure.

Look out for the first main blog post very soon!