Any aggressive dog behavior intended to harm a person or animal can be frightening. Growling, baring of teeth, snapping and biting are all indicators of aggressive behavior. This type of behavior, although seen as being instinctual to a dog, is unacceptable to humans.
There are many factors that come into play when a dog displays this behavior. These include how the dog was treated as a puppy - cruelty from both a human or a dog can cause the dog to become more aggressive when similar actions are displayed to the dog. There may also be health issues that come onto play - if a dog has a hormonal imbalance. This can also be an attributing factor.
Because of the way that humans and dogs communicate, a dogs behavior can be misinterpreted as threatening and as such misunderstandings can occur.
Aggressive behavior displayed by a dog can have potential consequences if it is not taken care of effectively. I recommend professional assistance if your dog's aggressive behavior is becoming unmanageable.
Types of Aggressive Dog Behavior:
There are many types of aggressions, here I will cover the three most common ones:
* Dominance Aggression. Should your dog's social status be challenged or control over his social interaction is threatened, your dog will display aggressive dog behavior. Dogs associate a family group as a social group, because dogs are social animals. If your dog thinks it's social ranking is above yours, it will feel threatened and will display aggressive dog behavior. When it is not challenged in this way, it's behavior will be friendly.
* Fear Motivated Aggression. Whey your dog thinks that it is being attacked or is in danger, it will display aggression. Behavior that may seem innocent to you, such as raising your arm to throw a ball, may be seen by your dog as threatening. Also, when approached by another dog, your dog may become defensive or fearful because of things that have happened to it as a puppy.
* Protective and Territorial Aggression. When a dog believes that there territory or property is threatened, it will become aggressive. Dogs will become protective when defending their food, their toys, and their property, as well as valuable possessions.
What You Can Do to Manage Aggressive Dog Behavior:
There are a lot of reasons your dog is behaving aggressively, Check with your professional veterinarian if you believe that your dog is displaying dangerous aggressive dog behavior
* Go to a vet and rule out medical reasons for this type of behavior.
* Should things get too difficult, seek professional help. Don't try and tough it out.
Keep your aggressive dog in a safe place so that no harm can be done to anyone else. You are responsible for your dog's behavior!
Avoid situations that can cause undue stress to your dog, such as situations that can scare it.
If your dog is showing possessive behaviors towards a toy or food, keep it away from the objects and bribe it with similar objects. Don't let it have what it want, when it wants to. You are the dominant one in the pack!
Never use aggression or violence towards your dog. This will only make the situation worse. As well getting stressed out in front of the dog, his will not help at all.
Do not encourage aggressive behavior. Should you see your dog showing this type of behavior, take steps (in a positive way) to stop it.
You can do a lot to resolve your dog's aggressive dog behavior. Don't give up, but continue to look for ways to resolve the behavior Giving up only serves to send a message to the dog that they have become the dominant one in the family, thus allowing the dog to bark, snap and bit whenever it wants to without anyway of stopping it.