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Answers To Dog Aggression Problem
Aggressive problems actually quite a normal problem of almost any dogs. Even other pets or we human do a lot of time display the aggressive problem.
It is instilled by nature as an automatic reactions for protection of existence. However usual, it is for dog to show aggressions, it is mostly unacceptable on a lot of instances.
Normal Aggression behavior such as growling, barking, and even biting are sometimes mistaken by the owners as “vicious” or “psychotic” which sadly resulted in the dog being put down. This happen because human and dog do not have the same communication method.
From the Dog’s vision, a friendly person behavior may seems like a threatening and intimidating behavior which give the dog all the motives to protect himself or the pack he is in. Before we can solve your dog aggression behavior, we need to understand the different type of aggression normally displayed and then we will deal with each one of them:
Dominance aggression always happen when dogs are trying to established their place or status in the family. This happens as your dog is a pack animal and he will view your family members as part of the pack and he will try to establish the hierarchy position of each member.
Since a lot of time children are at eye level with the dog, it makes it easier for him to oppose them first before attempting his way to go up higher in the hierarchy. This might happen also because the owner behavior towards the dog that lessen the owner ranking to be lowered than the dog.
During play time, owner encourages the dog to be at higher ranking in the hierarchy by allowing the dog to overpower him in a game of wrestling with the dog. Or during feeding time, where the owner allow the dog to eat first and have a place on the dinner table or consenting the dog to sleep on the owner’s bed. These behavior and activities without the owner’s knowing, establishes the dog higher ranking and therefore encourages aggression behavior in the dog.
To overcome your dog’s dominance aggression, you need to re-establish his position in the family. He must know that he ranks last in the family. Create routines for him and only reward him if he does them well. You have to eat first before him and you should never allow him to be in a superior position such as being on top of you during playing time.
Fear / anxiety aggression:
Fear or anxiety aggression begins as a need for self defense and a normal reaction for the need to guard its existence from any harm. Of course this is triggered by the perception of the dog of threatening situation or possible harmful action taken by you or strangers.
For example, a passerby might be passing by rushing to get into the book store and was running toward you and your dog. Your dog might perceive this stranger as posing possible threat which can be potentially harmful to him.
If this is the case, you need to expose him more to people and different environment or situation. This means you have to take him out more often. Remember to put a leash or muzzle in the beginning when you are taking him out for a walk. You do not want him go out of control. This is for his own well being and for the safety of general public.
Possessive / protective aggression:
Possessive or protective aggression is similar to fear aggression however this type of aggression normally associated to protecting the property that the dog feels belong to him. This can be protecting your family, or your house, his food or toy. This could in a way be a positive type of aggression, as this type of aggression normally stop your house from robbers or burglars.
The solution to this aggression type would be to powerfully establishing your position as the dog master that complete compliance is required from him. Getting rid totally your dog aggression behavior is impossible, but directing them is. So conducting proper training session with your dog is essential
It is a great myths that aggression is cause by the breed of the dogs, which causes some states or even countries to ban certain breed of dogs or required them to wear muzzles whenever they are out in the public.
There are no bad dogs but there are many bad owners and bad breeders. Knowing where aggression behavior comes from and how to prevent it may help us to enjoy the breed we love.
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