By: Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, VSPDT, CBATI   Recently, I have had an increased number of calls about dog bites towards dog owners and household family members. I see this as a result of quarantine due to Covid-19. You might be wondering

By: Anthony De Marinis, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant- IAABC, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT & Debbie Torraca, DPT, MSPT,  CCRP, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus   Is it ok to play tug? As dog professionals, we are constantly asked if playing tug causes aggression. The

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT What is Resource Guarding? Resource guarding, also known as “possession aggression” is a behavior a dog displays to control access to a valued resource.  What is a valued resource? It is something of

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT   Possession behavior, also known as “resource guarding”, is a natural survival behavior that all animals display, including humans. These behaviors can be normal and mild, but they can escalate and become quite