How to cope with the aggressiveness of your dog?

Dog aggression has been one of the most common problems that dog owners encounter with. In fact, it is the topic that the dog owners seek professional help most. A great majority of your dog’s problems may concern the local community too. As one way or another they affect the neighborhood and the life around it. However, in the case of dog aggression, things might get a little bit more serious. It will affect everyone in the neighborhood negatively, UNLESS necessary steps are taken. Well, there is no need to worry from this point on as we have prepared a list of things to do to train your dog not to behave aggressively. So, let’s take a closer look to the list together!

A Myth About Dog Aggression

Before diving deep in the list, we thought it would be useful to confute a common myth in the minds of people about the relationship between aggression level and the breed of a dog. There is a common belief that some dog breeds behave more aggressively than the others. To exemplify, you can find countless articles that list bulldogs and dogo argentinos as breeds that have a high aggressiveness tendency than most of the other breeds. But we must tell you that it is not the case actually. Studies show that the only biological parameters that can affect a dog’s aggressiveness level is that their age and sex. So, if you were taking your dog’s aggression granted, now you can look for other clues and better detect the reasons to take action about your dog’s problem.

“Studies show that the only biological parameters that can affect a dog’s aggressiveness level is that their age and sex.”

Tip 1: Might Your Dog Be Injured?

If your dog became aggressive suddenly, there might be an underlying reason behind it that you cannot see. Pain is a common reason why dogs show aggressive behavior. So, your dog might have an injury or illness such as bone fractures and internal injuries. Your dog might also be experiencing problems with his/her brain like brain diseases or tumors. In this case, there is nothing you can do but to consult the problem to a vet. Keep in mind that even though your dog is in great pain, you shouldn’t give your dog any medicine until you know what kind of illness is your dog dealing with.

Tip 2: Fear

Fear might be a cause for aggression as well. Dogs might feel threatened from time to time. For example, if they are backed to a corner without a way to out, it is pretty likely s/he will feel in danger and take some action about it. Another reason might be resulting from the fact if your dog had been abused or mistreated in the past, s/he might have developed a defense mechanism to all of the people or at least to strangers in general. To overcome this problem, there are several things that you can do. First is you can make your dog listen to calming music. Second is that you can use some calming oils, which you can find a list of them  here.

Third is to make some physical contact with your dog like petting your dog and observing if the aggression level decreases. The last but not the least is that your dog might be having problems relieving the energy s/he has. So, in that sense, training would help him or her relief the excessive energy that s/he has and might facilitate your dog’s behavior to become calmer and more relaxed.

Tip 3: Possessiveness

Possessiveness might be another reason why your dog becomes aggressive. Your dog might be feeling possessive about the place that s/he lives. So, whenever somebody approaches it like a friend or a neighbor, s/he will try to protect it from them and cause problems until they leave probably. To prevent this from happening, one known tactic is to welcome the guest or the guests outside with your dog, take a short walk together and let the guests in before you and your dog. Your dog will feel less stressed if the guests are already in the house rather than the guests entering the house while s/he is in the house. For more tips to stop this behavior you can check this link. Moreover, the value of the object that your dog feels possessive about matters too. If your dog is playing with a plastic toy, you should be fine petting it; however, if s/he is eating his or her food then you better think twice before petting it.

Tip 4: Dominance

Another reason for dog aggression could stem from your dog trying to achieve a higher status among the other dogs through aggression. Though this happens usually among dogs, it could also happen with humans as well. There are two things that you can do to stop dominance fights with dogs only if these fights are happening between your dogs, not between your dog and some other. First is that you can act like the leader in the house by eating the food before them, sitting in higher places and be the first one to leave the door and so on. By doing so they will think that you are the leader and maybe will give up on the dominance fights. Second is you can choose one of the dogs as the leader and treat s/he as the leader by doing things like greeting or feeding him or her first, and eventually things will calm down.

In this article, we have tried to address the reasons why dogs can behave aggressively from time to time and how those behaviors can be prevented or at least minimized to a certain point. We hope that this article provided you some useful information regarding aggression in dogs. For more articles please click here!