About Dog Aggression

First let me say, Aggression is normal to some degree. Aggression is important for a dog’s survival in the wild. Without that instinct, he would be killed or eaten.

It is the product of fear. With the right circumstances- all dogs will react aggressively in order to protect  themselves. All species are programmed to defend themselves. However, aggression is not a natural state for a dog.

Aggression develops when a dog’s issues aren’t dealt with, when frustrated energy has no release. When left unchecked, aggression escalates. Sadly, aggression can be  the result or abuse in some cases.

What ever the reason-dog aggression can become a dangerous problem for you, your dog, other dogs and anyone else caught in the middle.

Not all aggression is the same. There  are various forms of aggression as  listed below:

  • Territorial aggression
  • Fear base aggression
  • Aggression due to frustration 
  • Redirection to Aggression
  • Possessive Aggression
  • Predatory Aggression
  • Aggression toward sexual rivals (male to male, female to female)
  • Playful aggression
  • Aggression reacted by pain or shock

Unfortunately, we cannot sit down with our dogs and ask them how they feel, but we can observe them closely to understand why they feel. Helping an aggressive dog become more confident by teaching it to see a perceived threat or potential loss of a valued resource in a different light is the key to successfully changing the behavior. For some dogs this can be achieved in a relatively short period of time, but others require more time; each dog learns at a different pace. Positive reinforcement is the most effective philosophy to use in these cases, because the methods have a lasting impact.

Training:

Your dog is not an electronic toy that you can turn off and on as you want. Dogs have feelings, physical and mental needs just like us that needs to be fulfilled . Humanizing a dog to people psychology is extraordinary damaging.  Unfair expectations for your dog will  only frustrate you and your dog. Training involves consistent calm assertive consistent energy. You. must first position yourself as a  confident yet protective leader. Training involves trust and mutual respect. .  Your dog needs to know that you are his protector and  that he can trust you. There are no quick fixes..

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