Do you feel like your new dog is a little too wild? Is he chewing on everything and barking at other dogs? If so, it might be time to see if your dog needs aggressive dog training.
First things first: let’s define what “aggressive” means in this context. It is a natural instinct for dogs to explore their world and assert dominance over other animals or human beings they perceive as weaker than themselves.
If you have adopted a dog, you are probably feeling optimistic about owning a dog but then you realize they aren’t always the perfect pet. They might be destructive, bark too much, or have food aggression.
Aggressive behavior occurs when a dog acts in a way that is intended to intimidate or hurt another animal or a person. Biting, snapping, and bared teeth are examples of aggressive behavior.
This behavior is a dog’s way of communicating with people and other animals around them, but humans don’t like when animals behave like this.
In the event that your dog is exhibiting any of these behaviors, you need to consider dog training that is targeted specifically to the type of aggression your pet exhibits.
The Different Types Of Aggression In Dogs
There is a hierarchy among dogs within a pack, with one dog being the boss and the others becoming increasingly subordinate. Dominance aggression is exhibited by animals that are threatened.
A dog may require special training if it wants to be alpha and aggressively challenge its owner or family member.
A dog provoked by a dominant individual may act aggressively towards another dog because of their lack of ability to attack. These acts are called redirected aggression.
There are two main types of possessive aggression: territorial aggression and protective aggression. When a dog wishes to keep intruders away, it will mark their urine to deter them from entering the yard.
Defending a pack member or protecting one’s resources is considered protective aggression. The dog will aggressively defend his pack or family when it perceives that they are in danger. As another example, a dog will attack either a human or another dog who tries to take the dog’s toys or other possessions.
Fear causes dogs to act aggressively. Dogs may act aggressively toward you if they believe you are going to hit them when you lift your arm to throw a ball. Most animal aggression is due to fear.
How To Treat An Aggressive Dog
Treatment begins with a consultation with your veterinarian. During this consultation, your veterinarian will determine the type of aggression your pet is showing. Dogs will not stop acting aggressive on their own, therefore aggressive dog training is often recommended.
To help prevent the problem, do not encourage aggressive play with young dogs and keep in mind the fact that punishment can often worsen the situation.
When your dog is spayed or neutered, many unwanted behaviors will disappear and ongoing training will help your pet get along with other people and pets.