Features March 2012 Issue

How to React to a Dogs Bully Behavior

Lucy (the Corgi, right) bullying the very soft, appeasing Border Collie Belle on top of the mulch pile.

How to React to a Dogs Bully Behavior

What to do when faced with a canine bully.

There’s nothing like a good dog-pack hike to give our canine companions an opportunity to have fun with their peers and run themselves into a happy state of exhaustion – provided there are no canine bullies in the group. Just like human bullies on a school playground, canine bullies take the fun out of the game, put everyone on edge, and bring to the party a real risk of physical as well as psychological damage. A dog who is bullied, especially at a young age, can quickly develop a negative association with other dogs and become defensively aggressive as a result.

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