Dog aggression is a major concern for owners. It is one of the top reasons dog owners seek help from professional dog trainers and animal behaviorists. Any dog breed is prone to aggression under the right circumstances.
It is impossible to expect to cure dog aggression overnight, however, there are steps dog owners can take to help their dog to remain calm while curbing the aggression.
Aggressive behavior in dogs is identified by any behavior a dog exhibits that is connected with an attack or an impending attack. This is through growling, sudden stillness or rigid behavior, baring teeth, biting and lunging. The first step in curbing dog aggression is identifying what is causing your dog’s aggression. Some dogs are aggressive towards people while others show aggression towards other dogs or towards inanimate objects. In other cases, dogs are bred for traits that can be a factor that actively promotes aggressive behavior. Guard dogs, for instance, are bred to protect property and people. These are natural instincts for a dog, however, owners should provide proper training to ensure that these types of dogs display aggression in appropriate situations only.
TYPES OF DOG AGGRESSION
Fear aggression: This is the most common type of dog aggression. Fear aggression occurs when a dog is fearful and tries to retreat from the object of its fears but then resorts to attacking when cornered.
Territorial aggression: Occurs when a dog defends its space or home from what it deems to be an intruder.
Possessive aggression: Also known as resource guarding, is when a dog protects its food, toys and any object of value to it.
Defensive aggression: Is similar to fear aggression, in this case, the dog attacks in defense and does not consider retreating first.
Social aggression: Dogs that are not trained to … Read More...