Predatory aggression in a German shepherd dog

Gonzalo A. Chávez, Álvaro J. Opazo

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This article presents a clinical case of predatory aggression that represents a problem for public health. The patient was a 2-year-old male German shepherd referred to the behavior clinic at the School of Veterinary Medicine owing to its aggressive behavior toward people and other dogs. The dog tended to form a pack with the other dogs of the household and killed neighborhood dogs, cats, hens, and rabbits. The presumptive diagnosis was "predatory aggression" associated with "territorial and protective aggression." The risk analysis determined that the dog should be euthanized. Nevertheless, the owner refused, and hence behavior modification and drug therapy were recommended. A year later, the dog killed again (another dog), indicating that despite the drug and behavioral treatment, it is likely that its predatory aggression will never be resolved.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)386-389
Número de páginas4
PublicaciónJournal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
EstadoPublicada - 1 nov. 2012

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  • Veterinaria (todo)


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