Why are small dogs aggressive to large dogs?

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Why are small dogs aggressive to large dogs?


Why do most small dogs challenge their larger colleagues? Where does such perversity come from? As it turns out, in most cases, small dogs are aggressive through the fault of the guardian. Many people laugh at the screaming boy, and they underestimate the problem. They do not take seriously the dangerous attitude of their minips. This is a mistake. The aggression of small dogs towards larger dogs is not a joke. What’s more, it can have serious consequences.

Small Dog Syndrome

Growling, biting, excessive barking, jumping at the guardian or guests, disobeying orders or insistent attention – all undesirable behavior displayed by small dogs was called small dog syndrome. Simply put, a small pet decides to rule the environment. And both inside and outside of your home.

Unfortunately, most guardians of small dogs accept this type of behavior in pets. Moreover, they set no boundaries and set no rules. They justify a four-legged pup by saying that, unlike a large dog, their small-sized quadruped will not hurt anyone. Some guardians even ridicule this type of behavior in a small dog or jokingly say that „after all, he must give courage, for example, snarling.”

„I’m not so small at all!”

Small dogs are aware of their small size. Sometimes, however, caregivers can contribute to their dogs’ distorted perception of their appearance. How? By carrying the dog on your hands or in your purse, especially when they do it very often.

In this way they build an artificial sense of security in the animal. The dog looking at everything and everyone „from above” finally thinks that it is bigger than it really is. Once on earth, he doesn’t know what happened. In addition, a small dog that is kept by a guardian will be more confident in his behavior, because he knows that if necessary the owner will intervene to ensure his safety. Just holding the guardian in his arms confirms that the dog is doing well and that the guardian accepts his barking or pulling out.

Learned behavior

Let’s face it: most large dogs don’t see danger in a small dog. Even when he is extremely feisty. Very often you can observe situations in which a growling and barking small-sized quadruped is simply ignored by a larger kinsman. Then the small dog, which in his opinion looks threatening like a good-looking rottweiler, believes that he has won in this whole battle – after all, the grand-man went away without taking the gloves … From each subsequent meeting of this type, the little boy concludes that he has an advantage over a larger dog. That is why he will be so happy to show his „superiority” during his next fight with a big friend.

Small dogs are aggressive because they are not trained

Small, medium or large – no matter what size the dog is, each needs training. Small-sized quadrupeds, unfortunately, are very often treated as cute stuffed animals, which are allowed to do anything. Most caregivers tolerate aggression in small dogs. Then they forget about the most important – a dog is a dog and none is a „self-emerging” animal, even the small one. Every dog ​​needs training, exercises, socialization, activity and learning the basic principles of life in society.

Is this really aggression?

Finally, let’s think about whether the way little dogs behave is definitely a sign of aggression. Certainly it can look like this when viewed from the side of a York attacking a sheepdog. In reality, however, such behavior is almost always lined with fear. The boy is barking at a large dog, while backing away, because he really just wants to move him away from him and increase the distance to a safe distance. You need to provide such a dog with support and work through the problem, because what he does shows that he is experiencing great stress. If we can’t help the dog alone, let’s turn to a behaviorist.

Author: Magdalena Olesińska

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