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Red Zone Dogs

Written by Bunga

MEDICINE MARKET – SEOUL
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Gyeong-dong Oriental Medicine Market, Seoul is one of the most sought after destinations when you are looking for something on oriental medicine. There are more than one thousand pharmaceutical stores, oriental health clinics and herbal drugstores that are recognized for oriental medicines. These shops and stores sell various Asian medicines, ginseng, spices, herbs and roots. There are many shopkeepers and merchants who grow the items on their own. More than 70% of the herbal medicines of Korea are traded for in Gyeongdong Herbal Medicine Market.
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To learn more about living and working for the U.S. Army in Korea visit us online at: imcom.korea.army.mil

Gyeong-dong Oriental Medicine Market, Seoul is one of the most sought after destinations when you are looking for something on oriental medicine. There are more than one thousand pharmaceutical stores, oriental health clinics and herbal drugstores that are recognized for oriental medicines. These shops and stores sell various Asian medicines, ginseng, spices, herbs and roots. There are many shopkeepers and merchants who grow the items on their own. More than 70% of the herbal medicines of Korea are traded for in Gyeongdong Herbal Medicine Market.
US Army Photo by Edward N. Johnson

The images are cleared for release and are considered in the public domain. Request credit be given the US Army and individual photographer.

To learn more about living and working for the U.S. Army in Korea visit us online at: imcom.korea.army.mil

Dealing with an aggressive dog can be very challenging. The greatest challenge is when the dog’s aggression is intermittent and no real trigger can be identified. The other challenge is if you have a “red zone dog.”  

I have heard from more than one client  they have a red zone dog. This phrase has been used primarily in conjunction with Cesar Millan. He deals with aggression issues and more specifically with dogs who are on the far end of the spectrum of aggressive behavior.

The clients I am referring to don’t have aggressive dogs. Their dogs are demonstrating dominant characteristics, but this is not even close to the category of being considered red zone. Dominance and aggression are two different things. They may go hand in hand, but they are different. A dog may be genetically hardwired to be dominant and may never be overtly aggressive. Many dogs end up in shelters and possibly euthanized because they were inadvertently labeled as being red zone dogs. 

So, what is this red zone? The red zone is when a dog is seeing red! They are extremely focused and their only thought is to get, kill, or destroy the object of their focus. If they can’t get to it, they may turn on whomever or whatever is closest. Think of a fire that is out of control – a raging fire that is destroying a home or consuming a forest. The fire doesn’t care what is in it’s path. So, it must be contained and stopped. Similarly, a dog who is in this mental state (zone) must be stopped and brought to submission by their handler. They are extreme cases and must be handled by a professional. 

It may take extreme measures by the handler to bring a dog out of this state. Flipping a dog on it’s back or side or any form of forced correction could be dangerous to even a trained person. If you don’t know what you are doing, you could traumatize a dog that  does not require this force. It could destroy the relationship of trust and respect you have worked to develop with your dog. 

Aggressive behaviors need to be dealt with immediately, but there isn’t just one approach. If you have a dog who is demonstrating signs of aggression, speak with a behavioral specialist. Don’t minimize it, yet don’t give up by making the assumption you have a red zone dog. 

Gayle Cousineau

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