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Q: Do you think "ALL" behavior problems in animals are caused by people?

February 2, 2009 | By Pia S. | 7 answers | Expired: 2011 days ago

Pia S.

I've seen several posts throughout this site where people are always to blame and it is never the pet's fault. Do you agree with that? If so, do you know agree with nature/nurture?

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Kavykeeper
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Feb 02, 2009

I know very little about dog behavior. But, I would guess, that there are dogs (and other species) that have a small percent with a mental disorder that causes aggression. It might be a brain disorder, hormonal, due to inbreeding or whatever. As far as whether it's treatable, I can't say. We see behavior in guinea pigs, occasionally, that can't be explained. Walking in circles, biting, etc. I think genetics and environment both play a role in development. But, I do think there are genetic "flukes" which defy nature that can lead to an aggressive animal.

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Marty T.
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Feb 02, 2009

I totally believe in the nature/nurture theory. Genetics are powerful and certain drive behavior. We cannot 'always' blame it on people.

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Jay T.
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Feb 02, 2009

No. Like humans dogs are born with certain genetics and are hard wired for some things--instincts--prey drive etc. So it is definitely a combination of factors affecting our animal's behaviors.
I do think we can train and manage a lot of the basic instincts in most dogs. Some dogs we are unsuccessful with.

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