Dog Aggression: Why Is My Dog Acting Out With Aggressive Dog Behavior?
What is Dog Aggression?
There are many different reasons a dog will act in an Aggressive manner. Aggressive behavior in dogs manifests in countless different ways including dominance, and cowering. An insecure, fearful, unsocialized dog acts with aggression toward other dogs or people. Behavior issues that are aggressive aren’t always as obvious as a growl or a bite. There are many other less obvious signals that can warn you if you know what to look for.
What Are Some Signs of Dog Aggression?
- Tail Between Legs or Raised High
- Showing Teeth
- Excessive Drooling
- Licking Lips
- Raised Hackles (Hair on the back of the neck)
Why Is My Dog Aggressive?
- Insecurity – A dog that is shy will bark at other dogs or people for no obvious reason. As a result of being unsure of itself, the dog will cower in the corner, under tables, or between the legs of its guardian. In this example, fear and insecurity hide behind a shy personality. The result is aggressive behavior.
- Lack of Socialization – When dogs are puppies, their personalities are developing. It’s the job of the dog guardian to teach them the rules. A dog’s Basic necessities include basic obedience training and walking on a leash. This which will enforce structure in the home. If this is not done, the dog will believe that he is the alpha of the family and that his job is to protect his human pack. This aggressive behavior may surface when on a walk by barking and lunging at other dogs or people.
- Un-Neutered – Dogs that are not spayed or neutered exhibit a strong level of dominance. When in a pack, dominant behavior is excessive marking and heavy sniffing. When an unaltered dog finds a scent that he likes, he locks on that dog, sniffing intrusively and mounting. As a result, the other dog will try to correct this behavior with a growl or a bite. This can escalate into a fight causing injuries to the dogs as well as the humans trying to break it up.
Can My Aggressive Dog Rehabilitate?
These are only a few indicators that your dog may have aggressive behavior. There are countless factors and scenarios causing your dog to have these behaviors. The good news is that these issues can be corrected and maintained with proper training. It is extremely important for the guardian to have a strong and present roll in the process.