When working with an aggressive dog, we must always consider what is happening inside the dog's mind. What are the base behavioral causes of the problematic behaviors it is exhibiting?
Arousal is a physiological state that prepares a dog for activity, excitement, or aggression. Mediated by the sympathetic nervous system, a dog in a state of arousal experiences an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate, in addition to an influx of hormones, such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol.
This aroused state prepares the dog for physical activity, and thus enhances its response to perceived threats arising from a variety of trigger stimuli. In all types of aggression, arousal can play a role in increasing a dog's emotional response, making them more likely to display aggressive behavior.
In this webinar we will take on the important task of identifying the environmental factors that contribute to arousal and look at prevention strategies for managing these factors so that arousal remains low and does not escalate to aggression.