Behavioral Issues in Dogs
When I first began researching (ASPCA) behavior issues in dogs, I didn’t realize there were so many issues they could have! Therefore, I am breaking this article into what may be several articles. I want to make sure that all of the possible issues are at least touched on, while also providing ideas as to where you can go for help.
This is the big one folks! The most common behavioral issue seen in dogs is aggression. One of the most important things to know is that when a dog is showing signs of aggression, there are almost always warning signs before he will actually bite.
- The dog becomes very still
- He may lunge at the person, without actually making contact
- Growling and/or showing his teeth
- A quick bite that does not break the skin, but may leave a bruise
- A bite that breaks the skin and causes puncture wounds
- And this is the one we all fear; biting and shaking
Reasons for Aggression
There are a multitude of reasons that a dog may become aggressive. Basically, the reason is because your dog is having an anxiety attack! He feels threatened for some reason. If you hope to stop the aggressive behavior, you need to determine what is causing it. The trick is finding which reason pertains to your dog, and try to limit exposure to those ‘triggers.’
- He could be trying to protect his territory or his food
- He may be protecting his human
- He may be in pain
- If it is a male dog that has not been neutered, it could be sexual aggression (face it, we ALL suffer from that sometimes! LOL)
- If he’s excited about something, and someone tries to hold him back, he may get aggressive
- Lack of socialization
- They should be exposed to different people and other dogs and/or cats before they are 14 weeks old
- Previously abused dogs can show signs of aggression
Are Certain Breeds More Aggressive?
It really boils down to what the dog was originally bred for. Some breeds were specifically used for protective purposes. Some were bread for hunting, and some for fighting. It’s possible that those characteristics could still be in their DNA. But you should never judge a dog by its breed.
Can aggression be cured?
You should always work with your vet or an animal behavior specialist. There is no guarantee that your dog’s aggression has been cured. Never assume that your dog will never be aggressive again. If your dog was aggressive previously, the possibility will always be there that he will be again. If you try to limit your dog’s exposure to whatever situations caused his aggression in the first place, you’ll probably be ok. But remember, never assume that your dog won’t bite!
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