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Review on Selected Aggression Causes and the Role of Neurocognitive Science in the Diagnosis

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Institute of Animal Breeding, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, 51-630 Wroclaw, Poland
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Department of Genetics, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, 51-630 Wroclaw, Poland
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Department of Vascular Surgery, Wroclaw Medical University, 50-556 Wroclaw, Poland
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Academic Editors: Naomi Harvey, Jenna Kiddie and Robert Christley
Animals 2022, 12(3), 281; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12030281
Received: 29 September 2021 / Revised: 13 January 2022 / Accepted: 21 January 2022 / Published: 24 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Barriers to and Drivers of Responsible Dog Ownership)
Aggression in dogs is often a reason for abandonment and/or euthanasia. Recently, knowledge about aggression has been subjected to more detailed analysis. In recent years, it has been studied in terms of factors affecting it, such as diet (especially nutritional supplements) and physiology (endocrine system). In addition, recently, new methods of brain research, such as neurocognitive research, have appeared, which enable a significant increase in knowledge about dog behavior, including aggression.
Aggression as a behavior is not always desirable, often ends in abandonment and/or euthanasia. However, it is possible to prevent the occurrence of unwanted aggression in domestic dogs. Aggression is not a fully understood phenomenon. In recent years, many studies have focused on the influence of diet and physiology (including the endocrine system) on the emergence of behavioral disorders. In particular, the emphasis was put on nutritional additives such as fatty acids, amino acids, and probiotics. In addition, the possibility of using neurocognition in the observation of abnormal behavior in dogs has also been discussed, which may allow for a more detailed determination of the basis of aggressive behavior in dogs. In this review, the concepts related to aggression and its potential causes have been gathered. In addition, the possible influence of diet and hormones on aggression in dogs has been discussed, as well as the application of neurocognition in the possibility of its diagnosis. View Full-Text
Keywords: dogs; aggression; diet; hormones; neurocognitive science dogs; aggression; diet; hormones; neurocognitive science
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Kleszcz, A.; Cholewińska, P.; Front, G.; Pacoń, J.; Bodkowski, R.; Janczak, M.; Dorobisz, T. Review on Selected Aggression Causes and the Role of Neurocognitive Science in the Diagnosis. Animals 2022, 12, 281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12030281

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Kleszcz A, Cholewińska P, Front G, Pacoń J, Bodkowski R, Janczak M, Dorobisz T. Review on Selected Aggression Causes and the Role of Neurocognitive Science in the Diagnosis. Animals. 2022; 12(3):281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12030281

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Kleszcz, Aleksandra, Paulina Cholewińska, Greta Front, Jakub Pacoń, Robert Bodkowski, Marzena Janczak, and Tadeusz Dorobisz. 2022. "Review on Selected Aggression Causes and the Role of Neurocognitive Science in the Diagnosis" Animals 12, no. 3: 281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12030281

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