Dog Aggression Basics


If the statement above represents you, you have come to the right place. While you're probably worried about your pet, the good thing is that you realize your dog has a problem and you're willing to do something about it.

Dog aggression is a common but treatable problem. However, most dog owners either fail to realize or are unwilling to accept that when their -otherwise sweet- puppy is displaying any kind of aggression on other dogs or humans -then it is a serious problem.

If aggression in dogs is not treated in a timely and effective manner, it can lead to a permanent problem in the adult dog causing all sorts of unpleasant and dangerous situations. Eventually this could leave you no choice but to put your dog to sleep. Since you don't want that to happen, it's very important that you learn about the reasons and solutions to this problem.

Remember, the most effective way to cure dog aggression is if you start countering it from the time your dog first shows any signs of dog to dog or other aggression. Your dog is YOUR responsibility and with the right methods, you can put an end to her aggressive behavior or prevent it altogether. Start acting now by following these steps:



Common signs of dog aggression include the 

following:Legal claims for dog bites

Before you attribute any of the above mentioned symptoms to a chronic case of dog aggression, it's important to make sure your dog doesn't have another good reason for behaving aggressively: Your dog might be in pain (due to a medical condition or injury) and you should take her to a vet for a check-up to see if anything's wrong before seeking specific aggression treatment.  



Here are the most common types of dog aggression: Defensive/fear-based aggression, dominance aggression, possessive/territorial aggression, intra-sexual (male-to-male or female-to-female) or parental aggression. A dog may in some cases show more than one type of aggression. By carefully observing your dog and her aggression patterns, you can identify the specific type(s) of aggression she shows. Here's a list of the defining characteristics of common dog aggression types:

Dominance aggression

Your dog may think that she is the alpha dog. There are some dogs which are far more likely to try to establish themselves as predators. Male dogs and certain breeds have a greater need to display their dominance over their territory, other dogs and people. The solution in this case is to get control quickly and establish your leadership through training.

Fear-based aggression

Dogs that have been abused at some point in their lives will build fear of the person who abused them and may react with defensive aggression if placed in a tough spot. A fear aggressive dog will usually display submissive body language but may snap if cornered and will most likely bite at people if they turn their backs on her and walk away.

Dog Aggression FactsMaternal protection and sibling rivalry

There are at least two normal causes of aggressive behavior and even biting. One is maternal protection of pups by the mom, and another is sibling rivalry. Here, the best advice is to properly socialize your dog at a very early age, to people as well as to other dogs. Sometimes, hormonal medication will effectively treat the aggression in these dogs.

Territorial and Possessive aggression

A dog may show territorial aggression regarding certain objects such as her bed, her home and her food bowl. Establishing your leadership and counter-conditioning the "territorial" dog are essential. It is important to begin her training at a very early age to avoid future aggression problems.



As you can tell from the advice given for each of the aggression types, you yourself play the most important role in stopping your dog's aggression. If your dog bites someone's pet or kid, it is correctly assumed to be your fault. That's because, as the owner, it's your duty to make sure your dog is not a threat to anyone's safety.


Here are some ways to deal with your dog's aggression:

Most aggressive dogs can be retrained under the right circumstances. However, before you start a program to correct an aggressive dog, you must realize that there is a chance your dog may never be trustworthy around other people or children, and may bite if provoked. Consult veterinarians or animal behaviorists for their opinions about whether your dog can be rehabilitated or should be put down.

P.S. I would definitely recommend you to check out Secrets to Dog Training for more information on curing dog aggression and other dog behavior problems.

Professional dog trainers answer your questions about dealing with your dog's aggression problems:

Insights On Fixing Dog Dominance Aggression problems By Adam G. Katz

Dominant Jack Russell Terrier And Alpha Status By Adam G. Katz

Aggressive Beagle By Daniel Stevens

Dog Intra-Sexual Aggression (female to female) By Daniel Stevens

Abused Miniature Schnauzer Fear Aggression By Daniel Stevens

Dog Aggression and Genetics By Adam G. Katz

Border Terrier Displaying Dominance Over Other Dogs And Owner By Daniel Stevens

Does Neutering Help With Dog Aggression? By Editor

Dog Neutering Against Aggression By Daniel Stevens

Dog Aggression Protecting Owner By Daniel Stevens

Dog Fear Aggression Against Family Member By Daniel Stevens


Helpful Tips & Tricks:

Spitting In Your Dog's Food To Build Dominance - Revisited By Adam G. Katz


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