Dogs can be aggressive for many reasons. He may be ill, scared, irritated, etc. In general, a pet dog or a pup become aggressive when he is not in good health. Critical diseases like thyroid, rabies and brain tumors, etc. trigger hostility.
Why dogs become aggressive?
The aggression generally rises from the pup’s frustration and dominant character. The frustration generates from lack of exercise and illness. The dominance is a result of the absence of calm-assertive leadership.
Signs of aggression in dogs
We can understand that the puppy is aggressive whenever we notice him showing teeth, growling, charging a human, lunging at the human, standing hard, gruff bark, creating wounds by biting, repeatedly biting fast, nipping at someone, and much more.
Again, we can mark the categorization of the dogs aggression
- The aggression can be due to protectiveness, possessiveness, the experience of pain, defensiveness, and lack of socialization.
- Fear is another essential cause of aggression in dogs. A fearful pooch who can understand that he is unable to get out of a potential threat will try to defend himself showing severe warmongering.
- Frustration can cause redirected aggression in puppies. It occurs when the canine partner is frustrated and is not able to find a suitable way to get out of it, and he takes the frustration out in another manner. Like, if you tie your pup in the lawn entire day, and he is trying to reach another dog who is across the lane, but cannot go as he is tied; be ready to get a bite from your pup when you approach to untie him. Here, the puppy is redirecting the frustration on you ( owner). Generally, dogs who are on the leash for a long time tend to behave aggressively in this case.
Let’s discuss the signs of dog aggression towards other dogs
The signs of dog to dog aggression are raised hackles, showing teeth to the opponent dog, pricked ears, direct eye contact, lunging, posturing, etc.
Other signs that show the aggression of the dog are dominant behavior like barging through the doors, blocking humans/dogs path, protecting the sleep zone, pausing from eating when someone comes near him, demanding human attention, mounting legs on other animals, going near another dog from the side, etc. We can also take certain activities like the pup’s coming and positioning in between two humans or dogs, putting the head on the shoulder or back of other dogs and lunging at other people.
What to do with an aggressive dog?
- Staying alert comes first. Be aware of your surroundings and notice the pup’s behavior. If any sign as mentioned above is there, deal intelligently.
- Don’t yell at your puppy. Talk to him in a soothing tone while backing away slowly.
- If you encounter an unknown aggressive street dog, use pepper spray.
- Direct eye contact with the pup can prompt him to attack you. So, never stare at those eyes directly.
- Never run past the aggressive dog. It will escalate the problem. Stay calm. Slowly back away.
- Never invade a dog’s territory. If you need to enter a particular premise and a guard dog appears to be growling at you, walk on the other side calmly.
- Training and diversions work very well. If your pet is becoming aggressive, you can use skillful tricks to calm him.
- In case a dog lunges at you or gets exceptionally close to you, put a backpack, handbag, jacket, umbrella, etc. between you and the canine. If the pooch bites the stuff, let him do it. By that time, move away quietly.
- If a dog is chasing you while you are riding a motorbike or a cycle, don’t try to hurry. It may cause an accident. Instead, slow down the vehicle and be confident. Dogs generally stop and back away if you stop the engine.
How to train an aggressive dog?
- Recognize the cause of your pup’s aggressiveness. Identify whether the baby canine is specifically aggressive towards a friend, an animal, a family member or any stranger. Also, find out the environment that is responsible for aggressive behavior.
- Take your four-legged fellow to a veterinarian. His aggressive nature can be due to any medical issue. Only a vet can tell if it is true and provide the right solution.
- You will make a big mistake if you ignore the belligerence. The hostile behavior can hurt the dog too. If you suddenly notice any sign of anger in your dog without confirming any reason, better leave him alone for some time. Then, check again.
- Dogs have a natural defense mechanism. They prefer to be the pack leader. They want to keep you safe and secured from any negativity. If you notice any minor sign of aggression in your normally timid puppy, scrutinize the surroundings.
- The little canine has a greater sense of hearing and smell. He can recognize threats faster than you. If there is an animal or an intruder in your home, your puppy can show aggression, that is a sign of warning.
- Punishing your pup brutally will lead to more aggression. Reward him for his excellent behavior. Remind the baby dog that you are his boss, and he has to listen and obey your commands. The reward-based training inputs thorough reconditioning in your pet.
- Similar to human children, pups need to be well conditioned. In spite of the training and conditioning, if the little fellow consistently shows the aggression, it indicates that there is something severely wrong that needs to be addressed immediately.
- You have to be very patient while training the dog. He needs your love and not your hatred.
Our dogs love us. They don’t bite or harm us intentionally. There should be specific reasons behind their aggression. Deal with care and love. They are the best and loyal most friends of humans. If you train a dog from his childhood, then he is certainly like to grow as a kind and gentle canine. Never leave your dog alone for very long.