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Aggressive Dog Behavior

An angry puppy is not a happy puppy. In fact, a dog exhibiting aggressive behavior is often a very scared, fearful puppy. Dogs can become naturally aggressive when guarding their territories, protecting their puppies, or defending themselves. Aggression can become evident if a dog has experienced:

  • A traumatic event. If a puppy experiences a traumatic event like abuse or abandonment early on in their lives, they can exhibit aggressive behavior later in life.
  • Rough play. Be it with other dogs or other humans, dogs can learn to play rough. This type of play can quickly turn into aggressive behavior.

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A dog can become aggressive if they feel provoked in certain settings. These are some of the most common types of aggression that dogs display:

  • Human:  A dog might become aggressive if they come into contact with a human that had previously scared or upset them, whether through verbal or physical abuse.
  • Social:  Dogs who perceive themselves to hold a high social status, or one of "ruling the roost," might have aggressive tendencies in order to maintain that status. 
  • Pain-Elicited:  If your dog is experiencing any kind of pain, they may become aggressive in an effort to warn others of their ailments, as they are unable to communicate verbally.
  • Predatory:  Chasing small animals around your yard isn't necessarily an aggressive behavior; it becomes aggressive when your dog starts chasing children and people around in an effort to attack them.   
  • Territorial:  When someone enters your yard or home, your dog may feel threatened and try to attack who they see as an intruder.
  • Protective:  When your dog thinks that you or one of your children is in trouble, they may become aggressive in an effort to protect that person. Similarly, a mother can feel threatened when anyone tries to approach her newborn puppies and may demonstrate aggressive behavior in order to keep her babies safe.   
  • Possessive:  A dog may guard their food, toys, and other material possessions by becoming aggressive.
  • Fear:  Any time your dog feels afraid or threatened, they can become aggressive as a defense. 

Signs of Aggression

Before a dog attacks, they may showcase some of these behaviors to serve as a warning to the person, animal, or thing offending them:

  • Your dog becomes rigid and remains very still.
  • Your dog has a very deep, guttural sounding bark that sounds aggravated.
  • Your dog growls, snarls, bares or snaps their teeth.

These warnings often culminate into an attack, which can result in your dog nipping or biting hard enough to cause the skin to tear and bruises to form. In the worst cases of aggressive behavior, dogs will repeatedly bite or bite and shake the object.

How To Remedy Your Dogs Aggressive Behavior

The first step in helping your dog to become less aggressive is to understand why they are being aggressive. Most of the time, pet parents don't recognize that their dog is exhibiting the warning signs before an attack and think that their dog is acting irrationally, randomly. All too often, this isn't the case.

Whether you're dealing with a rescued pup that came from a shelter or an older dog suddenly experiencing bouts of anger, StayDog can help. With proper training and a lot of love, dogs are fairly docile creatures. Contact our expert dog trainers today or click here to learn more about our behavioral training services

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