Dog Aggression and Oxytocin/Vasopressin

[A]lthough a number of studies have looked at the role of testosterone and serotonin in aggression in dogs and other mammals, those hormones may be only part of the story, according to MacLean’s findings, which are published in a special issue of the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

MacLean and his collaborators looked specifically at oxytocin and vasopressin — hormones that are also found in humans — and found that they may play an important role in shaping dogs’ social behavior.  

Better understanding the biology behind canine aggression could help with the development of interventions, said MacLean, an assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center in the UA School of Anthropology.

Hmmmmm…well there might be something to it.    1376419_653934947974609_409799669_n

They are able to curb aggression in people to some degree. Sometimes. Maybe. Unless you’re the teen male that got weapons and then massacred all those school kids. More parents need to do their jobs and quit pretending your kid doesn’t have a problem. Oh but that’s right–that kid killed his mother first.  BEFORE he went and killed the kids at school.
Too much, too little, too late.