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UA researchers: Hormone responsible for aggressive dogs

Posted at 6:45 AM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 11:22:02-04

If you know your dog gets aggressive around other animals, you may hesitate bringing them out in public, but a new study done by the UA Canine Cognition Center found a link between hormones and dog aggression.

Researchers say a hormone called vasopressin spiked when dogs got angry and lunged or growled at another animal. This hormone is also linked to aggression in humans.

Researchers say identifying this hormone link could help lead to chemical therapies down the line.

Researchers say a common misconception about solving aggression in dogs is to get your pet neutered, but there's no science saying that works.

This study isn't all the Canine Cognition Center at the university is working on. New studies start all the time, and they're looking for pet owners in the community to get involved! 

So if you'd like to sign your dog up, click here.

To read the full study, click here.