Aggressive behavior in dogs is very common and is noticed in almost all the breeds. Often your canine companion might growl, bark, snarl, snap, bare teeth or even bite other dogs or even humans. Sometimes a dog might use aggressive behavior as a tool to terrorize/ harm others. But a dog that constantly exhibits aggressive behavior might pose a lot of problems for its owner. The presence of an aggressive dog in the family can be quite a menace. Such a perilous behavior might also deeply injure the bond that you share with your pet. Taming an aggressive dog, demands that you properly understand how to tackle such a problem. In the following lines, we help you to understand your dog better, by detailing the various types of aggressive dog behavior and ways of controlling the same.
Types of Aggressive Dog Behavior
When a dog is aggressive because he demands obedience, it is dominance
aggression. Here the dog loves to be the undisputed king of the
household and will often be deaf to your commands. He will exhibit
aggressive behavior when asked to do certain things or even when patted
Territorial (Overprotective) Aggression
A dog might become aggressive, when he believes that someone is
violating or intruding his personal space/ belongings. Sometimes, the
animal gets aggressive without the presence of any actual threat. Such
an animal is guided by a sense of excessive protection for his house/
owner from other people or animals.
Sometimes a dog tries to be aggressive in order to screen his own fear,
nervousness and insecurities. Such a dog reacts to anything and
everything. Any sort of disturbance in the surroundings alerts him and
makes him exhibit aggressive behavior. He might even bite if you try to
This is also a potentially dangerous aggressive behavior in dogs. Here,
the dog's aggression is triggered by anything that moves. One can
witness this behavior with street dogs that chase moving vehicles.
Sometimes such an animal might chase playing children, joggers or even
Some owners mete out severe punishment to their dogs that can at times
turn out to be unhealthy and dangerous. Such behaviors from their owner
might undermine the dog's confidence. The dog may see his master as a
source of threat, and retaliate by displaying aggressive behavior sooner
}Sometimes a dog might react aggressively when you touch him in
sensitive, infected or cramped areas. Various illnesses (arthritis, ear
problems, and hip dysphasia) also make his temperament foul and vicious.
Thus, such an aggressive behavior is the off-shoot of pain.
Such an aggressive behavior is noticed in females, when they rear and
feed their new born pups. She might instinctively exhibit aggression if
any human or animal approaches the whelping area. Maternal aggression
slowly disappears in the mother as her puppies grow.
Such dog-to-dog aggression is noticed in puppies while they play and
learn. It should be curbed at once. Such behavioral patterns, if left
unattended, give rise to adult dogs that can be highly dangerous.
Dog-to-dog fights generally take place for various reasons like
territory, food, dominance or fear.
An already aggressive dog might redirect his aggression to anyone. In
this form of aggression, the dog is already aroused/ agitated and tries
to harm whoever tries to interfere with or put an end to his aggression.
Thus, it is always better to find out what is the primary stimulus of
the dog's aggression and treat/ prevent it.
Stopping Aggressive Dog Behavior