Aggressive dog behavior
If you’re a pet owner, then you probably know about the dangers of aggressive dog behavior. Whether it belongs to you, or somebody else, aggressive dogs can harm your pets and family members. In order to prevent aggressive dog behavior, your first need to understand more about it.
Signs of aggressive dog behavior
Aggressive dogs will bite and snarl when approached. If you’re attempting to take away their toy, for example, the dog may bite you. Even something as simple as petting the dog may cause it to attack.
If you want to spot aggressive dog behavior before it becomes a serious problem, then there are some early warning signs. If your puppy is acting timid, or seems scared of you, then this may be an early sign of aggression. Put simply, small and frightened puppies can often grow into large, aggressive dogs one day.
Reasons for aggressive dog behavior
Very few dogs will attack without a reason. If you want to prevent aggressive dog behavior, it’s important to understand these reasons. The four most common causes are listed below:
Dominant aggression in dogs: Throughout history, dogs have been part of a pack. For that reason, puppies may feel unsure when they first join your family, as they are unaware of the dynamics of their new ‘pack’. This can lead some dogs to become a leader of their own pack, which can cause aggressive behavior.
The easiest way to cure this is to make your dog submissive. Show him that he is not the pack leader by cutting down on this aggressive behavior early.
Territorial aggression in dogs: Similar to dominant aggression, some dogs will claim a certain area of the house, or lawn, as their own. When a stranger tries to enter that area, the dog will respond with aggression.
Sometimes, territorial aggressive dog behavior is a good thing. If you’re using your dog to secure your property, for example, then you obviously want to train it to be extremely territorial.
Fearful aggression in dogs: When some dogs are scared, they may aggressively lash out. Often, this occurs when the dog is around strange people, or in an unfamiliar place.
This type of aggressive dog behavior is not the owner’s fault. Usually, ‘fear biting’ occurs in dogs with weak breeding backgrounds. Unfortunately, many of these dogs end up at the shelter.
Predatorial aggression: Usually the most frightening type of dog behavior, predatorial aggression is shown when the dog chases after smaller, weaker, animals. Years of natural evolution have trained dogs to do this, and it can often be difficult for an animal to suddenly adjust to a friendlier, family environment.
This type of aggression is most often seen in herding breeds, which will chase anything that moves. If that moving object happens to be a child, then the outcome may be disastrous.
What can owners do to prevent aggressive dog behavior?
When talking about problem dogs, one frequently hears the excuse that, “there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.” While this is true in many cases, sometimes the dog can have its own problems.
Certain dog breeds are more prone to aggression. Rottweilers and pitbulls, for example, are generally more dominant. When partnered with a meek dog owner, this can often lead to aggressive behavior.
No matter which breed you have, aggressive dog behavior can usually be prevented by training your pet at an early age. If he learns his place in your family ‘pack’ when he is young, then this behavior will quickly disappear.