When it comes to owning a dog you have certain responsibilities, you have to make sure that your dog is healthy, happy and well fed. While owning a dog you will find your dog may have some behaviors that are unacceptable, it could be chewing on your furniture, excessive barking but the one you really need to deal with is aggressive behavior. If your dog is aggressive it could end up harming another animal or a person. You need to get a handle on this behavior now, dealing with an aggressive dog can be frightening let us help you change this behavior.
Why are dogs aggressive
There are many reasons that dogs become aggressive but there are typically three reasons for this behavior. Dogs can become aggressive due to fear, they could be protecting their territory or you have a very dominant dog. This doesn’t explain all behaviors but it can help you in dealing with your aggressive dog. Here is a look at aggressive behavior and the why behind it.
A dog who thinks he is leader of the pack will express aggressive behavior. This can be kind of hard to deal with since the dog can be friendly much of the time. These dogs can be playing one minute and ready to bite in the next, this behavior is not limited to strangers either it can happen with family as well. You need to teach your dog its place in the pack order. You must be the pack leader or your dog will rule the house.
Fear Based Behavior
Dogs that have been abused can attack out of fear, you can see this in your dog if their ears go back and they tuck in their tails. If you adopt a rescue dog, you may have to deal with this type of behavior. Your dog can be skittish, jumpy and react badly to loud noises. Never praise the dog for this behavior and it is natural to want to soothe the dog when it is afraid. You also don’t want to crate them when they are afraid either.
Some dogs feel the need to protect their food and toys and they become very territorial. This can become an issue when they are kids around the dog. They can also view the kids as part of the pack and treat outsiders with aggression. In treating this behavior you don’t taunt the dog nor do you tie it up in one space.
When it comes to dealing with an aggressive dog, some of it can be caused by a lack of socialization. One of the best ways to handle this is to socialize them when they are puppies, you can also work with a trainer to help create a loving and well behaved dog.