Dealing with Your Aggressive Dog
The term “aggression” infers a wide variety of reactions that can occur for any number of reasons in many situations. All wild animals are aggressive when protecting their domain, or defending their offspring and themselves. Most species that tend to live in groups (even humans) will likely use aggression, or the threat of aggression, to keep peace and mediate social interactions. Natural dog supplements in the form of a calming formula can help, along with a strict behavioral training regimen.
For our dog, aggression can include a wide range of demeanor that typically will begin with a warning and can then lead to an attack. If your dog shows aggression to people he will normally show some part of the following signs of escalating aggressive reactions:
- Becoming very rigid
- A deep bark that sounds threatening
- Lunging forward, charging or “faking” with no contact
- Mouthing, without applying full pressure
- Muzzle punching, Assertive growling, Baring of the teeth, or Snarling
- Snapping or quick nipping that leaves no mark
- A quick bite that only tears the skin or bruises
- Bites in a rapid sequence, causing puncture wounds or bites and shakes as if to tear
While your dog may not always follow this sequence, he will however, do several of these reactions simultaneously. Some pet owners don’t recognize a warning sign before the bite happens, and can view their dog’s behavior as “suddenly flying off the handle”. Sometimes it can be milliseconds between a warning and a bite. Typically though, your dog will rarely bite without giving some sign of warning.
Aggression is the most serious behavior issue that your dog can have. It’s the most common reason why pet owners will turn to professional help for their pets. There are several issues that can cause your dog to become aggressive. Some of the more common reasons can be:
- Social Frustration
- Redirected Pain
Punishment will not help; in fact, it will typically increase the problem. If your dog’s aggression is caused by fear, punishment will only serve to make your dog more fearful. While you may think that attempts to punish or dominate an already dominantly dog may do the trick, you could actually cause him to increase his aggressiveness to hold his dominant position, and will be more likely to end in a bite or a serious attack. Attempting to punish your pet for his aggression over territory, being possessive or self-protective, will most likely elicit stronger defensive actions for him.
Did you know?
- 90% of bites happen to people who know the dog
- Most of the dogs that bite are family pets
- 60% to 70% of bites are to children or the elderly
- 40% of bites to children result in a loss of facial tissue (lips, cheek etc.)
- 1/2 of the claims made on homeowners insurance are from bites
Actions of aggression aimed at other dogs, the same behavior, when aimed at people will not go away without some strong help. Don’t make excuses for your pet. Don’t deny what you know is true. Your pet requires your help, and will most likely not succeed without it.
One of our best selling dog supplements has been proven to help soothe a dog that is overwhelmed and shows signs of aggression. Try our calming formula and implement some behavioural training, you wont regret it!