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Dog Aggression - What Do We Really Know? Presented by Dr. Lisa Radosta

  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019
  • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
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Dog aggression is an emotional issue. Those of us who have been on the receiving end of aggressive behavior from our own pets may have experienced anger, betrayal, sadness and even fear. Professionally, those of us charged with helping dogs who show aggression believe that what we do can make a difference in the lives of both the dogs and the people who love them. We believe in our methods and our abilities to assess our patients to formulate the proper treatment plan. That said, there are others who believe that dogs who lunge, bite or growl or those of a certain breed should be euthanized.

This session will explore current research on the causes of dog aggression, the assessment of dogs, treatment, public perception and prevention in an accessible way. It will examine the research critically and challenge that which we “know to be true.” Attendees may be surprised to learn how much of what behavior professionals hold dear as the truth relating to dog aggression has yet to gather a consensus or published literature to support it. As much as is possible, real cases will be used to illustrate concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the different definitions of aggression as they apply to dogs.
  • Understand the different approaches of the primary researchers in the behavioral field.
  • Understand how to critically examine the research on dog aggression.
  • Understand the primary causes of dog aggression.
  • Understand what is known about prevention.

Your Presenter


Lisa Radosta DVM DACVB graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. During her residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she was presented with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Resident research award two years in a row.

Dr. Radosta lectures nationally and internationally for veterinarians, their staff and lay people. She has written chapters for a number of textbooks including Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult, Decoding Your Cat and Canine and Feline and Small Animal Pediatrics and is co-author of From Fearful to Fear Free. She has also published scientific research articles in Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science and The Veterinary Journal and written review articles for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Compendium, NAVC, Veterinary Team Brief, Clinician’s Brief and AAHA Newstat. She is the section editor for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and serves on the Fear Free Executive Council and the AAHA Behavior Management Task Force.

She has been interviewed for many publications including Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Palm Beach Post, NAVC Clinician’s Brief, Sun Sentinel, WebMD, AAHA trends, Real Simple, Good News for Pets and AAHA News Stat. She has appeared on Lifetime television, Laurie Live, News Channel 25 (West Palm Beach, WPBF), Mitch Wilder's Amazing Pet Discoveries, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, News Channel 10 (Miami, ABC), and Steve Dale's Pet Talk.  She also podcasts for VetGirl.

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