Your Dog Training
Behavior in Your
Dog Aggression can be a very scary and potentially dangerous behavior
for your dog and other dogs that you might meet.
behavior in a dog is used to either intimidate or harm another dog,
animal or even person. Signs of aggression are easy to spot
and consist of growling, snarling, baring his fangs, snapping, and of
course biting. Though it’s quite natural,
especially in the wild, it is usually not acceptable among humans.
Because aggressive behavior in a dog is so complex and the consequences
of this behavior can be so serious, it is ideal to first understand the
types of aggression. Your dog may be aggressive to display
dominance in order to control his position within the
“pack”. He could also be attempting to
protect his territory or show possession of something like his yard or
food. He could also simply be scared and show aggression
motivated by fear. Finally, some dogs redirect their
aggression when they become overly excited or aroused. In
this case they might turn on their yard mate or even a person they
If your dog is aggressive there are some things you should and
shouldn’t do. First of all, make sure your dog is
healthy with a visit to your veterinarian. Try to remove
situations in which your dog becomes aggressive in the first
place. Safety should be a priority and if your dog is prone
to snap when someone gets in his face, put him outside or in another
room if small children come over and want to play with the
dog. You can also get your dog spayed or neutered.
This will likely reduce the overall aggression of a dog.
Do not hit or overly punish your dog. Especially if your
aggressive dog is scared, punishment is likely to make him more fearful
and even more aggressive. Do not promote aggressive behavior
with rough games like tug-of-war of wrestling.
Finally, if the situation is beyond your control, seek the help of a
professional dog trainer. An aggressive dog can lead to a
dangerous situation, and ultimately, you are responsible for any damage
or injury that is cause.