Dog Aggression: Why Is My Dog Acting Out With Aggressive Dog Behavior?
What is Dog Aggression?
Aggressive dog behavior can be caused by many different reasons and can manifest in countless different ways including dominance and even cowering. A people or dog aggressive dog can be feeling insecure, fearful, or not properly socialized. Behavior issues that are considered aggressive aren’t always as obvious as a growl or a bite. There are many other less obvious signals that can be spotted 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 seemingly no apparent 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. An insecure dog is dangerous because behind it’s shy personality is a lot of aggression which can come out at any given moment.
- Lack of Socialization – When dogs are puppies, their personalities are developing. If dog guardians don’t take the time to correct them (basic obedience training, walking on a leash, enforcing structure in the home), the dog will believe that he is the alpha of the family and that his job is to protect his human pack. Consequently, this aggressive behavior may surface when on a walk by barking and lunging at other dogs or people.
- Un-Neutered – Dogs that have not been spayed or neutered can show a level of dominance which can quickly turn into aggression. When in a pack, dominant behavior can be defined as excessive marking and heavy sniffing. Furthermore, when an unaltered dog finds a scent that he likes, he will lock on that dog, sniffing intrusively and possibly mounting. As a result, the other dog will try to correct this behavior with a growl or a bite which can escalate into a fight causing injuries to the dogs as well as the humans trying to break it up.
Can My Aggressive Dog Be Rehabilitated?
These are only a few indicators that your dog may have aggressive behavior. There are countless factors and scenarios which could cause 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.
Where Can I Find Aggressive Dog Training?
Our ESS (Enhanced Social Skills) Aggressive Dog Training Program addresses any type of aggression involving dogs or people, severe dominant behavior or heavy mounting, and lack of social skills and/or boundaries.