4 Ways To Stop
Dog Aggression is a serious dog behavior issue, but can be
stopped once you understand the cause of aggression in your dog.
Looking at it through the eyes of your dog, they would always tell
you that there is a good explanation for the aggressive behavior which is causing so much stress and is so
Your neighbor, Giuseppe, may want to run up and say hi to your dog
with all good intentions, but your dog may think that Giuseppe is acting in a threatening manner, and
therefore displays defensive aggressive behavior as protection.
Causes of Dog Aggression
Your dog’s family history is an important
factor in determining the source of dog aggression. Some dogs have a greater propensity for dog aggression than
others. For example, a pit bull may be a more dog aggressive than a poodle.
Your dog’s upbringing, his socialization or lack thereof, can be
another significant cause of aggressive behavior. This should be a major reason for every dog owner to properly
socialize their dog as early as possible, preferably starting in puppy hood. Improper socialization is also evidenced in dogs that are abused or pampered when
Types of Dog Aggression
Dominant-Aggression- This type of behavior is evident
when your dog’s status within the pack (your household) or the community (other dogs and/or people) is
Aggression: This type of behavior is evident when your dog become
frightened and believes that his physical safety is at risk.
Protection Aggression- This type of behavior is
evident when your dog believes that he must protect something or someone. This type of aggressive behavior may also be manifested as
Territorial or Possession Aggression, when your dog displays
aggressive behavior to prevent danger to someone or something that he controls or owns.
Similar in nature, they vary primarily by the
factual setting where they are occur.
Redirection Aggression- remember Giuseppe the
neighbor who wanted to say hi in our first example? Well, suppose that another neighbor comes over and is
unfriendly toward your dog. He might throw a rock at him. Your dog gets riled up, his anger starts to
The rock throwing neighbor
hops the fence and leaves. Guess what might happen? Yup, Giuseppe might be on the receiving end of growling or
in the worse case scenario, a bite.
Here's 4 Ways to Stop Dog
You must understand that dog aggression is a serious and dangerous
situation. While it can be corrected and stopped from being a problem, the first step that you must take is
to protect your family. Your dog must be under vigilant supervision when around people. Don’t take your
aggressive dog for a walk without a muzzle. Don’t let your aggressive dog loose to roam the neighborhood or
the dog park.
Make an appointment with your veterinarian for a
checkup. Dog aggression can be caused by a medical problem which is affecting your dog’s behavior due to a
chemical imbalance, irritability, fever or other causes. If this is the cause, your veterinarian can provide a
treatment protocol to heal the medical condition and in the process lessen or eliminate the aggression in your
Spay/ Neuter- Dog Aggression is less evident in
female dogs that have been spayed and male dogs that have been neutered. If you are making an appointment at the
vet for a checkup, this might be a good time to get this safe and beneficial procedure
Not only will you make progress toward the elimination of dog
aggression but you will also be doing something to help your dog live a long and healthy life. Dogs that have
been spayed /neutered have less incidence of certain cancers and this is a great reason to
have the procedure.
And, of course, controlling the surplus population of unwanted
puppies and dogs that are often euthanized at dog shelters is another wonderful bonus.
See a professional dog trainer who has
experience with resolving dog aggression issues. Different dog trainers will have different approaches. Ask the
trainer about his philosophy of handling behavior issues and make sure that you are comfortable with his
approach. Our preference is for dog trainers that have training as dog behavioralists.
Keep your dog away from situations that are
likely to provoke aggression. This may mean no playing in the yard or walks in the neighborhood until a dog
trainer has helped you resolve this unwanted behavior. If he exhibits signs of aggression when he is in
your car, you should avoid taking him into the car.
By isolating from the place
where his territoriality reigns, you will not have to deal with this type of behavior until the
root cause is identified and corrected.
When dealing with dog aggression it is critical that you remember
this important rule. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, STRIKE OR PUNISH YOUR DOG. Your actions will only intensify the
problem you are trying to resolve and in the case of physical punishment, is also inhumane and
Your dog needs your help. He will reward you with loyalty, love
and companionship for the rest of his life.
Does your dog growl at
visitors, charge the mailman or maybe runs and hides when
Grandma comes to visit? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Find out how to easily solve any dog behavior issue