No dog reacts aggressively without reason. There are many reasons why pets can growl, bark and even bite. If your dog has become aggressive, be sure to consider what caused your pet to behave. Here are 6 reasons why dogs may be aggressive.
Why did the dog become aggressive?
A doggy that reacts aggressively is a huge problem for his guardians. Living with a pet aggressive towards us, strangers or other dogs can be a real nightmare … However, we must remember that every dog aggression has a reason. No dog wants to hurt a man without a reason! Proper recognition of the problem that prompts the pet to aggressive behavior will allow us to work with the pooch and make him calmer and happier. What are the most common reasons why dogs become aggressive?
Pain is the most common cause of sudden aggression in a domestic pet. Our touch can cause it – if we pet the dog over a wounded place, grab a broken paw or accidentally step on it, the pooch may growl or bite, trying to defend himself against the pain. Chronic pain, such as cystitis or otitis, can also cause aggression in dogs. The annoying sensation of the pet can also make the quadruped irritable and react more violently to an unpleasant situation.
If, in addition to being aggressive, your dog experiences weakness, diarrhea, lack of appetite, or unwillingness to play, contact your vet immediately. When the disease that causes the pain is cured, the pet becomes a happy and pleasant pet again!
A frightened, leaning doggie may start to growl and snap his teeth. However, before resorting to it, it will send us a whole range of calming signals that may indicate the pet’s growing fear. A huddled body, flat ears, a tail tucked under the belly and large, bulging eyes are body language that clearly indicates fear. If we reach out to such an animal, it may bite to defend itself against the threat.
For a dog that exhibits such strong anxiety responses, the help of a good behaviorist or trainer will be essential. A dog expert will show you how to work with an animal so that it feels safe with its owners and gets used to its surroundings.
Failure to satisfy the dog’s needs may result in the pet building up tension and the accumulation of energy that cannot be released. Deprived of adequate walks, a healthy dose of sniffing, a solid rest or frequent contacts with the handler, the doggie will become frustrated, overly stimulated and reactive.
Strong emotions often go hand in hand with violent, ill-considered reactions to stimulating stimuli – a bicycle passing, a running child, a person on a skateboard. Such a sight may make the dog want to chase and catch the fleeing object with its teeth … Working with a frustrated, reactive dog can be long and tedious, so it is worth going to a proven behaviorist for help.
4. Defense of resources
Resource aggression is a natural behavior of dogs. They can defend toys, food and even bedding against humans and other pets. A doggy with such a problem usually sends a whole range of warning signals before an attack, stiffening, glares menacingly, snarling before proceeding to the actual attack.
More severe cases will require systematic work, caution and even rearranging the home space. Defending resources, however, is a problem that is quite easy to work with your pooch!
Some adopted dogs may have very difficult experiences behind them. A quadruped who has been beaten in the past may defend himself with aggression at the sight of a raised hand, a brush stick or attempts to hold down. Often these reactions are learned, and the traumatized pet reacts instinctively, without a clear warning.
Such problems do not have to concern only animals from the shelter or from the street – also dogs from pseudo-kennels can have many such traumas!
The smell of a bitch in heat can mess with the minds of uncastrated dogs! During the heat of heat, males are often buoyant and are more likely to have fights with other pets. They can get into fights that do not lead to major injuries, but nevertheless cause anxiety in guardians of quadrupeds.
This behavior is completely natural for adult and adolescent males who have not undergone castration. If your dog has become aggressive towards other males, consult a behaviorist and discuss together whether neutering is an appropriate solution to the problem.
Author: Aleksandra Prochocka