Aggressive Dog Behavior

Any behavior meant to intimidate or harm a person or another animal can be marked as aggressive. Baring teeth, snarling, growling, snapping and biting are all known as aggressive dog behavior intentions. This kind of behavior is quite normal in dog’s view, but is unacceptable to us, humans. Even if a person may have peacefun intentions, dog can percieve this persons behavior as threathening and act aggrassively upon it. Because dogs and humans communicate differently, misunderstandings can occur.

Aggression is a complex subject and potential consequences can be serious, I recommend that you get professional help if your dog’s aggressive behavior is abnormal.

Type of Aggressions

There are many types of aggressions, here I’ll point out three most common ones.

Dominance Aggression. If your dog’s social status is challenged or his controll over social interaction is threathened, most likely your dog will react aggressively. Dogs are social animals and can corelate theis social group with human family. If your dog thinks his social ranking is above yours, it’s likely you’ll get challenged it trying to “master” him/her and can expect growling and baring teeth. When not challenged, dogs can be very friendly. This is known as “Jekill and Hydes” as immediately when your dog feel hih social positioning is at stake, he will try to defend it. Fear Motivated Aggression. Whey your dog belives he is being attacked or he is in danger, aggression is motivated by defensive reaction. But this is just your dog’s perception and it can be wrong. For example you may raise your arm to throw a ball while your dog can see this as a threat and may bite you because he believes he is protecting himself from getting hit. Also, when approached by other dogs, your dog can be fearfully aggressive. Protective and Territorial Aggression. Defense of dog’s property and territory can be aggressive act. When your dog believes his territory or possessions are threathened, he will try to defend his valuable resources. For example when you walk your dog around the block and allow him to urine-mark, to him, his territory may be the whole block! Aggression directed towards animals and people that a dog percieves as family or “the pack” can usually be referred to as protective aggression. Dogs become protectively aggressive when defending their food, toys or other valuable possesions.

What You Can Do

Again, there’s lot’s of reasons your dog is behaving aggressively, so don’t take this suggestions too strong. Consult your professional dog doctor if you think your dog is behaving too aggressively.

Check with your veterinarian to rule out medical sources for aggressive behaviour It it gets too tough, don’t try to be a hero. Seek professional help Your first priority is to keep everyone safe, so take precautions. Supervise or restrict your dog’s activities until you can get professional help. Remember, you are liable for your dog’s behavior! Avoid situations which could stress-out and scare your dog, causing him to act aggressively If your dog is possessive for one thing (toy or food), don’t allow him access to thos items. If situation gets worse, try to bribe him with similar objects (old shoe, old blanket). Don’t let him have what he want when he want’s it. You are the master!

What Not To Do

Your dog’s mind is simple, so while he can try to play some tricks on you (like pretending not to see you) you must show him who the real master is. Whaterver you do, don’t use violence or aggression on your dog. It won’t help.

Acting violently on your dog’s aggressive behavior will make the problem worse. Attempting to punish or dominate dominating og will cause him to act even more aggressively trying to defend his social status. This can result in biting or a severe attack. Don’t encourage aggressive behavior. Wrestling with your dog encourages him to attempt to “win” over you or “best” you which can lead to aggressive behavior.  Don’t encourage him to “go and get ‘em” or to bark in response to outside events.

While this two lists are in no way complete, you can do a lot to fix your dog’s aggressive behavior. Don’t settle with “I can’t”. I’ve seen a lot of owners give up to their dog’s aggressiveness and aknowledge their dog as “master” thus allowing him to bark, bite and growl without any means to stop it.

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