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aggressive dog behavior

Aggressive Dog Behavior and How to
Control It
Why, Puppy, WHY? What Causes Dog Aggression
There are a number of reasons behind aggressive dog
behavior. First of all, aggression is actually a part of the
normal behavior of dogs and in a dog’s world is used to
control specific situations. The most common of these is
dominance-related aggression, which relates to territory and
can happen with dogs of all breed types. Much like human
beings, a dog’s behavior is highly affected by his or her past
experiences. Any past traumatic experience that evokes fear
and pain – such as an attack from another dog – may trigger
aggressiveness in your dog.

Aggressive Dog Behavior and How to
Control It
Dogs may become aggressive as early as 6 weeks of age, and things such as puppy
biting, while cute at that age, may become out of control later on if your dog is not
properly trained. At this age, they need to be trained and socialized with other dogs. It
is not advisable to take a puppy away from its litter before 8 weeks of age, and
puppies should be treated very gently. Avoid hitting and yelling as well since these
actions may eventually result in the exact aggressive behavior that you don’t want to
see in your dog!

Aggressive dog behavior is caused and affected by a number of different factors, such
as dog breed. Some breeds by nature are comparatively more aggressive than others.
One thing that is common across different breeds, however, is that neutering your dog
reduces its chances at exhibiting aggressive behavior.

Aggressive Dog Behavior and How to
Control It

Having said that, the most important variable
that can really bring out dog aggression is your
dog’s environment. Dogs under poor living
conditions and/or who suffer abuse from their
masters and live in fear and isolation are most
likely to become aggressive.

I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO
CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSION

If your dog’s living conditions are conditions are ‘normal’ and you’re still faced with an
aggressive dog, it’s time that you learn to establish dominance and control over your
pet (preferably starting at a very young age, but if they didn’t start young there’s no
better time than now) and maintain this control all throughout. You can’t just tell your
dog that you’re the one in charge – you must believe in this and show it.
Much of what dogs understand about communication is through body language, and if
yours says,”I’m scared!”, they’ll respond accordingly. Make sure that they respond to
your commands during feeding, walking time, and so on.

I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO
CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSION
Aggressive dog behavior also comes in many forms – dog to dog aggression, leash
aggression, stranger aggression, food bowl aggression… the list can go on. Dogs with
defensive-aggressive behavior may attack a person out of fear, so until you are
absolutely sure that their behavior has been corrected, do not let them near small
children in particular. Small children tend to be afraid of dogs and may display fright.
Dogs can sense this, and dogs that have not been properly socialized may attack
people who show fear at their presence.
If their aggressiveness is out of control, it’s highly recommended that you seek advice
from a dog training specialist or your veterinarian as to how to properly and safely
rehabilitate your dog. Aggressive dog behavior is dangerous but can be prevented with
proper care and dog obedience training. Don’t let your dog’s aggression turn into fullblown violence. When it feels beyond your control, seek professional help. That way,
you can avoid hurting your dog, yourself, and others.

I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO
CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSION

More often than not, dogs become more
aggressive when they have reached their
sexual maturity, most likely after 14
months old. If this is the case, make sure
that you don’t just neglect and overlook
these kinds of behavior. Like a pack leader,
never reward your dog for its
ferociousness, even when your dog is
displaying aggression due to fear.

I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO
CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSION
Make your dog respond to your orders and
control feeding and walking times to impose the
idea of putting limitations on what your dog
thinks it can do. If this is not done properly, their
natural instincts of domination through
aggression will come out.
Aggressive dog behavior is one of the most
problematic situations a dog owner may
encounter. But take heart. The overwhelming
majority of dogs with aggression issues can be
trained and handled safely, even older dogs.
Remember, though, that if the problem at any
point seems to be beyond your control – seek a
professional’s help immediately before the
problem really escalates and potentially dire
consequences follow.


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