What is Aggression in Dogs and How to Handle It
Aggression in dogs means that a dog is overly aggressive towards dogs in the same household or unfamiliar dogs or even people. It is quite common in dogs.
The common symptoms of aggression in dogs include:
lunging towards another dog
blocking the other dog’s entrance into a room
The Causes of aggression in dogs
Past experiences can cause aggression in dogs. For example, a dog does not have the experience of socializing with other dogs, or it has had a conflict with another dog. Also, when the dog got abused formerly, he also tends to be aggressive.
Dogs exhibit dog aggression because they are afraid, over-excited, or wanting to protect territory, owners and social status.
What should I do?
Although there is no real cure for inter-dog aggression, behavioral modification can help treat dog aggression.
Stopping dog aggression: avoiding and ignoring another dog
You should not afraid of and stare at another dog. Dogs are very sensitive to human's feeling and will pick up on your emotions and reflects them. You should avert your eyes from the dog, ignore him, move along and keep walking at a natural pace. Sometimes dog treats cannot get his attention and avoid another dog since another dog is too close. You can also move our dog behind a barrier or try blocking the dog’s view with our body to block another dog.
Training for aggressive dogs: Creating Neutral Experiences
You can create as many neutral dog-to-dog meeting experiences to build your dog’s confidence. You should positively interrupt your dog after a very short duration such as 2-3 seconds and keep encounters short while greeting or meeting another dog. It can prevent him from obsessing on another dog or object. In this way, your dog will not get over-excited and aggressive and lose control of himself. Also, he will learn that he should avoid rather than confront when seeing other dogs.
Training for aggressive dogs: Desensitization
Desensitizing your dog to other dogs is a good method to treat dog aggression. This method is training your dog to be not afraid of other dogs by gradually exposing it to other dogs in public. You can ask your dog to sit and relax on verbal cues when seeing another dog. Then, you can offer small food treats as rewards when he is calm and willing to give you his attention when you ask for it.
This article is written by Dr. Jack Roberts.
Thank you for reading, Mytheast prepares a free gift for you. Please scroll down to find it.
About 82% of people make mistakes in taking care of their pets. Most of them only know the mistakes after serious problems happen.
“Prevention Is Better Than Cure” is a modern animal health strategy raised by the EU government. Sometimes it is too late to cure. Pet parents should do something early.
Mytheast provides professional pet training and health information from verified vets, frontline animal care workers, trainers and other pet experts. It presents in a simple and concise manner and is easy to understand. You can ask them questions and they will respond to you within 1-2 days. We can help your pet stay healthy and become well-behaved. We provide all you need to know about keeping a fur baby. The information provided by us is practical experience and professional advice but not theoretical knowledge.
All Creatures On Earth Are Equal
They Have An Equal Right To Live
Mytheast believes that humans do have a duty to serve, protect and care for animals. We hope animals around the world, including your pet, do not suffer anymore.
We cooperate and support many organization to rescue endangered, homeless and disabled animals around the world. Many of them were on the verge of death but now they stay healthy and get respect and love again. Until now we rescue many animals, including:
Booboo gets saved, cured and trained.
Formerly he always barked at others with no reason, but now he is well-behaved.
Kitty gets saved, cured and trained.
Formerly she got cat flu, but now she stays healthy again.
Barry gets saved, cured and trained.
Formerly he was afraid of touch, but now he always shows a smiling face.
For Friends of Mytheast, you can ask 2 questions per month.
For Standard Membership, the number of questions is unlimited.
By Membership Referral Programme, the number of questions you can ask will increase. Please stay tuned to our newsletters for updates.
A part of the fees of Friends Of Mytheast will be used for rescuing animal around the world. You are supporting animal protection and achieving animal welfare and rights.
Over 3,000 people have already joined us.
We help their fur babies stay healthy and become well-behaved.
Our mission is about to be achieved
One of our missions is to build a world of equality. It is not only the equality between people but also the equality between creatures.
We care for your health too
Your free gift is here
Click here to read “The Definitive Guide to Coronavirus Prevention”, an exclusive reading for Friends of Mytheast members. Now you can take it for free.
This guide is prepared by our team, international professionals and Hong Kong registered healthcare workers who are currently taking care of the coronavirus patients in a hospital. This guide also stems from a broader documentary search that includes material from professional health organizations.
Content is for informational and educational use only. Nothing on this site should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a veterinary opinion or otherwise as engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine. Mytheast disclaims liability for any damages or losses, direct or indirect, that may result from the use of or reliance on information contained within the information.
You also expressly acknowledge and agree that in the case where one of the Pet Experts who is a licensed veterinarian answers your question(s), a veterinarian-client patient relationship will NOT be established, and that our service will NOT be able to diagnose, treat, or prescribe any medication for your pet.