When you snap your pup into his dog collar or dog harness for his daily walk, are you afraid that he’s going to snap at any other canines he might come into contact with? Does one of your canines growl or bite his fur-siblings over dog treats, plush dog toys (or any type of toy), or even when you’re showing affection to them instead of him? Is your pooch hostile whenever another pup has the nerve to go near his dog bowl (even when there isn’t any dog food in it)?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, your dog has a behavior problem. Canine to canine aggression is a serious dilemma, and as a pet parent, it’s up to you to correct it. Letting aggression go can result in major issues; other canines can become injured – and so can humans who may be in the way when an aggressive dog attacks another dog. But how do you treat the problem? First things first: you need to identify the root cause; once you do that, you can develop an effective training program to curb the unwanted behavior.
Causes of Canine Aggression
Canine aggression refers to any behaviors that lead to a attacking or attempting to attack another dog. These behaviors can include growling, snarling, showing the teeth, barking, lunging, and biting. There are a number of reasons why canines can become aggressive toward one another. Some of the most common forms of aggressive behavior include:
- Dogs are very protective against the members of their pack, including humans, so your pup may be aggressive toward another dog because he’s trying to protect his fur-siblings or his human pack members.
- Dogs are also protective of their territory and make act aggressively to defend their property from other canines that they fear may be trying to take the space over; for instance, he might snap at another pup who walks past his dog crate or sniffs his dog bed.
- Dogs can get scared of other dogs, and instead of retreating, they might attack if they feel like they’re being cornered.
- Even though it may not seem like it, your furry pal is a predator, and when predatory instincts are strong, he may become hostile toward other dogs he thinks are trying to nab his prey. That prey could be a bully stick for dogs or even a rope and tug toy.
These are just some of examples of the different types of canine aggression. Watch your pups’ behavior to determine what’s causing his aggression.
How can you stop aggression? As mentioned, it’s important to first pinpoint the root cause; once you do that, you can device an effective training program. It’s highly advisable to seek the assistance of a professional trainer. Since aggression is so problematic, trying to correct the issue on your own isn’t the best idea. A professional will have the skill and experience to properly train your pet’s aggression so that it can be properly managed.
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