How to Solve Aggression in Dogs
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Why is my dog getting more aggressive?
It can be a terrifying experience to be around an aggressive dog. It is even scarier when it comes to a dog that is usually docile and friendly but suddenly becomes aggressive, growling, lashing out, or showing its teeth.
In an extreme case, the dog may bite or attack you or a family member they know well and have never acted against before.
What should you do when your dog shows these signs of hostile behavior? Since dog aggression can get out of control and lead to injury to dogs or people, it is very important to find the cause so that you can help your dog overcome the aggression.
Why do dogs show aggression?
Knowing why your dog is acting aggressively is essential to discovering the best plan to stop this terrifying behavior. There are several potential causes of aggression in dogs.
Illness and injury
Some medical conditions can cause dogs to become aggressive. If a dog that has never shown any signs of aggression suddenly starts growling, biting, it may be caused by illness or disease.
Pain is an especially common cause of aggression in dogs. Your suddenly aggressive dog may have an injury or illness that causes him great discomfort and stress. Some possible causes of pain include arthritis, bone fractures, internal injuries, various tumors, and lacerations.
Other diseases can affect your dog's brain and lead to seemingly unreasonable aggression. Conditions such as cognitive dysfunction and brain diseases or tumors can lead to aggression. These problems are more likely to occur in older dogs, but they can occur at any age.
If your dog shows sudden, unexplained aggression, speak to your vet before attempting to address it as a behavior problem.
You may be tempted to try giving your dog pain relief medication, but this is something you should not do.
If your dog is sick, he will need to know exactly what is wrong with him before starting any treatment. Don't try to take matters into his own hands until he knows what he is dealing with. only a veterinarian can advise you which medications are appropriate for your dog.
A fearful dog can easily develop aggressive behavior. Most dogs only display aggressive behavior if they feel they are in danger, cannot escape, and feel the need to defend themselves.
For example, this can happen if a dog is cornered in a dead-end corner or if he believes that a hand raised above his head means that he is going to be hit.
If your dog is a rescue dog that exhibits more aggressive or fearful behavior than normal, he may have been abused, neglected, experienced a traumatic event, or not properly socialized as a puppy.
Any information he can get from the organization where he adopted the dog could help him determine the best way to handle the situation.
Sometimes rescue dogs need obedience training with an instructor who specializes in teaching dogs that have been abused or that have not been properly socialized.
In some cases, you may be able to control your dog's fear on your own with training and patience. You can talk to a vet about the best course of action.
To avoid provoking this type of aggressive behavior, approach unfamiliar dogs with care (better yet, allow them to approach you). Train and socialize your dog to help prevent fear in the future.
Assault for possession, or resource protection, occurs when a dog is possessive of something. It is usually food, toys, or some other valuable object.
A dog exhibiting possession aggression may growl if someone gets close to her food bowl or gets too close when she is chewing on her favorite toy.
A dog can also bite a stranger who enters her home, which is the dog's territory.
The degree of aggression can vary from dog to dog and between objects. For example, your dog may not mind if you sit and pet him while he chews on a rubber toy, but he may turn and bite you when you do the same while chewing on a pig's ear.
It all depends on the value that the dog attributes to each object or resource.
Demonstration of mastery
Dogs sometimes behave aggressively as a show of dominance. This is often directed towards other dogs, but it can also occur with people.
It is important to understand that dominance is a behavior, not a personality trait. Dogs are neither dominant nor submissive "by nature."
Some may have tendencies towards one behavior or another, but this is generally determined by the circumstances.
Dogs that display dominant behavior feel that they must show that they are in charge of a situation. Grunting, clicking, or biting occurs when they feel like their position is being challenged.
Unfortunately, people often mistake the cause of canine aggression for dominance-related behavior when there may be another cause.
Actually, aggressively dominant behavior is not as common as the other causes of aggression.
Aggression caused by frustration is often called redirected aggression or barrier frustration. It occurs when a dog is frustrated at not being able to get to something and takes the frustration out of her in another way.
This type of aggression is common in dogs that spend a lot of time on a leash, on a leash, or behind. a chain-link fence.
For example, a dog that is chained in a yard may spend the day struggling to reach a dog that lives across the street or in an adjacent yard.
The restrained dog generally barks and growls more fiercely as frustration builds. When the owner approaches, the dog may redirect her frustration and bite the owner.
Be careful not to misinterpret your dog's aggression. Always rule out a health problem or fear before assuming you know the reason for your dog's aggressive behavior.
Otherwise, attempts to take corrective action could make the problem worse.
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Source: The Dogs Book
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