The Healthy Hound Newsletter #64

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi
Dina Fantegrossi is the Assistant Editor and Head Writer for HomeLife Media. Before her career in writing, Dina was a veterinary technician for more than 15 years.Read more
| Published on May 8, 2021

In This Issue

● What Causes K9 Aggression?
● Things That Worsen Aggression
● New Mom Euthanizes “Aggressive” Dog
● Are Grumpy Dogs Smarter?
● Pain-Induced Aggression
● Small Dog/Large Dog Intros

Recent Food Recalls

3/26/21 – Midwestern Pet Foods (55+ Brands)
3/16/21 – Bravo Packing, Inc.
1/17/21 – Mars Petcare UK (Several Products)
11/13/20 – Albright’s Raw Chicken Recipe


Which Factors Lead To Aggression In Dogs?

Researchers at the University of Helsinki set out to discover which characteristics in dogs predisposed them for aggression.

In a study of 9,000 dogs, they discovered several genetic and environmental factors play a role in aggressive behavior.

Find out if your dog has any of these factors, and how this information can potentially help us learn to prevent aggression.


Introducing puppies to lots of “well-behaved” adult dogs will help teach them the appropriate way to act around other dogs and prevent future aggression.


The Verdict Is In – Here’s The #1 Way To Help Eliminate Your Pup’s Allergies

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It’s like nature’s Benadryl!

Help your pup feel comfortable in her own skin again!


Which of these does NOT make canine aggression worse?

  1. Yelling
  2. Frequent walks
  3. Ignoring it

Not sure? Read on to find the answer!


9 Things That Make Dog Aggression WORSE

Could YOU be the reason your dog’s aggression is getting worse? It turns out the way we react to our dogs’ behavior can actually reinforce it, teaching them to carry on or ramp up their aggression in the future.

The good news is, we have the power to alter our own behavior to help our dogs succeed.

Here are the top 9 things humans do that actually make canine aggression worse.


YouTuber/New Mom Euthanizes Dog For Being “Aggressive” And “Old”

YouTuber Nikki Phillippi and her husband have a toddler-aged son named Logan. Unfortunately, their senior Bull Terrier, Bowser bit Logan, leading the Phillipis to euthanize him.

However, there is more to the story. Not only did the couple know about Bowser’s behavior before Logan came along, they also claim the child is too young to learn dog safety techniques.

Did the Phillipis make the right choice for their family? You be the judge.


There are 7 major types of dog aggression. It is important to identify your pup’s triggers before beginning reconditioning training.


Grumpy Dogs Outperform Friendlier Ones On Learning Tests

Apparently being crabby has its advantages – at least when it comes to solving problems.

In a recent study in Hungary, researchers found that dogs with “grumpy” personality characteristics were better able to learn from a stranger than more easygoing dogs.

FInd out how this information could help when choosing the best suited dogs for different service jobs.


Sudden Aggressive Behavior? Rule This Out First

by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Before you classify your dog as aggressive, ask yourself this question: could he be in pain?

Dr. Karen Shaw Becker of Mercola Healthy Pets explains that sudden aggression in a previously laid-back dog often indicates a painful underlying health condition.

Learn how to tell if your dog’s unpredictable behavior is caused by pain.


What Is The Best Way To Introduce A New Small Dog To Territorial Larger Dogs?

Healthy Hound reader, Judi has a new Pug and she is wondering how best to introduce the small dog to larger, territorial dogs in the home.

While there is no perfect answer, this tutorial video from Christina Dougherty of Balanced Life Canine Training, demonstrates this very task.


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Quiz Answer:

2. Frequent walks. Taking your aggressive dog out and about will not make aggression worse, in fact, when working on reconditioning bad behavior, the more exercise your dog gets, the better.

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