reasons for dog aggression

Six Common Reasons for Dog Aggression

By their very nature dogs are aggressive animals. They evolved as pack animals who used their aggressive instincts to hunt for their prey and to protect their den and pack mates from danger. Although in the course of their evolution aggressive behavior in dogs was necessary to their very survival, in today’s society our dogs need to control their aggression. Once you know the cause for your dog’s type of aggression problem, you can pick the right method to correct the problem.

Check out this list of the 6 most common dog aggression problems.

  • Dominance Aggression: Each time 2 dogs greet each other, they figure out which one is submissive and which is dominant. Because dogs live in a pack society, it is necessary for them to establish a pecking order, so that every dog knows his place in the pack. Normally, the dogs quickly agree on who is the boss dog, and go on with their business without any problems. It is when one of the dogs does not agree to be submissive that leads to the possibility of a dog fight ensuing.
  • Fear Aggression: Fear aggression is pretty much the opposite of  dominance aggression. When a dog is suffering strongly from fear aggression it is common for it to lash out at whatever is close by. One example would be of a dog who has suffered previous abuse by a human will sometimes show his fear aggression by being afraid of certain people. A dog suffering from fear aggression shows it by cringing low down with his tail up between his legs and agaisnt his stomach; he will also whine and moan and may snap and lunge to bite at the source of his torment; It will be baring all its teeth while snarling, whining and moaning. Because the dog might also snap its teeth and lunge at anything nearby, you want to avoid trying to comfort a dog in this state.
  • Territorial Aggression: Aggressive behavior over territory is a very common reason for a dog becoming aggressive. This type of aggression originated when dogs needed to defend their families and their dens from predators-nowadays they want to protect your family and home instead. You want to be sure your dog is not overly protective because his aggression could lead to him attacking another dog or person. If you see signs of territorial aggression  with your dog  you should take steps to take control. Teach your dog to calm down before his aggressive barking becomes actual biting.
  • Redirected Aggression: You have probably seen examples of this type of aggression before, and confused it with another type of aggression..  Sometimes a commotion may happen on the other side of your fence that stops your dogs from reaching it, and in their fury they may sometimes attack each other. Kind of like when sharks have a frenzy. The grip of the aggression got so strong that they even attacked their own buddy.
  • Predatory Aggression: Predatory aggression is also something that is instinctive with dogs. If you have a dog or a cat and live in the countryside you probably already witness predatory aggression all the time. Predatory aggression is often expressed by our dogs when they chase a cat or another dog or a bird. Often you’ll see a dog chase something without being serious about hurting it. If the chasing is more serious and not just for the thrill of the chase, your aggressive dog could  cause serious damage, so be sure to correct this type of aggressive behavior.
  • Medical Reasons Causing Aggression: Female dogs that are either pregnant or have just recently given birth and are taking care of their puppies are often much more aggressive than usual. A dog that is feeling unwell may have something that is causing him to respond with aggression.If you notice your dog having unusual aggressive behavior for no understandable reason, make sure his health is fine with a visit to your vet. There are those problem dogs that just are aggressive-period, and don’t need much of a reason to get all aggro. I am sure you have met people like that too-it is just the way they are put together.

Once you can recognize and determine causes for dog aggression you can choose the right techniques to correct your dog’s aggression problem, and have a pet you can be comfortable with in any social situation.

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