Dog aggression

Dog aggression

The appearance of aggressive behavior in dogs may have different causes. Generally speaking, there are no races that are predisposed to aggressive behavior. In some cases, the cause of aggression may be the state of the dog’s health. However, there are several types of dog aggression. In order to prevent or treat the aggression in the right way, you must first be acquainted with the types of aggression:


This is one of the most commonly seen, and it comes from the desire for domination. When a dog finds himself in a situation to perceive himself as a leader, every time he feels his position is compromised, aggression can manifest itself. This behavior is manifested by their expression of face and body position, signaling domination.

Aggression in the game

It occurs in young dogs, it is directed at people and other pets in the family. Scratching, ticking and biting people or tearing up their clothes are the most obvious symptoms of this aggression. Although not all of this behavior is aggressive, if serious injuries occur, it should be treated and sought after by experts.


Guardian dogs can often be exposed to territorial aggression that is manifested by humans and animals approaching the protected territory. Their most common targets are in general persons that the dog does not know but also family members with whom he is not in the best relationships.


It is directly expressed to people and animals who want to get close to puppies. Dog behaves proactively towards her cubs and, if she estimates that the life of her or pups is compromised, she often opts for the attack.

A learned aggression

For the next type of aggression, people are directly responsible. It is a learned aggression that occurs in dogs who are trained to react aggressively to the command in certain situations. This type of aggressive behavior can be directed at people, other animals, or both to one another.

What to do

Dog aggressionChanging problematic behavior in dogs is an extremely complex and serious task. Punishment is a bad way, and if applied to large breeds it can be potentially dangerous. Prizes and ignore techniques generally give the best effects.

However, in dogs that exhibit any form of aggression, the best solution is for the owners to contact a veterinarian or dog breeder as soon as possible. Socialization of dogs is an excellent basis for the prevention of aggression, but there are other factors, above all, of your behavior that can affect them. Teach your dog how to behave in the company of other dogs, but also humans. Practice with him that whenever someone comes to the house you sit down and praise him for it.

Aggression is often the result of fear and reaction to the unknown, so make sure that your dog at the age comes in contact with as many different people and animals as possible. When it starts in time, the dog can learn a good behavior in a very short time, and thus prevent the expression of aggression.

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