They are man’s best friend. They are our companions and members of our families. Those furry, four-legged creatures who love their master’s unconditionally, dogs. But what if your canine shows signs of an aggressive nature? Canine aggression is the most serious behavior problem that a dog owner can encounter.
Some dog breeds are naturally more inclined to have aggressive tendencies than others. Excessive aggression is a sign of behavioral and social problems and should be addressed. Aggression can present with certain “triggers” that bring out this type of behavior in the dog. Dogs can express aggression towards a certain person, animal, or dog. While dogs are territorial, some can become very aggressive and even mean when it comes to their chosen property or possessions.
Some of the most common aggressive behaviors that lead to serious problems if your dog gets out of control. These behaviors include: Excessive barking, lunging, snapping, and growling. This could be exhibited towards whatever triggers this type of behavior in your canine. It is important to rule out any pain or medication issues on your dog before proceeding to diagnose the type of aggression problem is affecting your dog.
No matter which type of aggression your dog is diagnosed with, hopefully it’s not too late to correct this. You should always monitor your dog around family members and never allow him or her to achieve dominance over any human. Unless you want an aggressive type breed, such as for a protective dog for certain situations.
One good example would be if a woman lives alone and is afraid to be by herself at night, a larger breed that will be protective of his master in the instance of an intruder, especially if the intruder intends to harm the owner could be the ideal pet. This animal would show appropriate response to a situation that he would be forced to become aggressive in order to protect his master and home.
Most aggressive behavior can be detected early on and prevented by proper correction at an early age. The ideal way is to stop the things that lead to this behavior while they are still young puppies, around 3-4 months old. Gentle handling of young puppies is a factor in their developing personalities. Don’t allow them to jump on on bite at small children. Although the puppies are only playing, this can become an annoying habit as they get older.
Socialization is important for puppies. Interaction with people as well as other animals can help keep them from being secluded to just the members that live in the same house as the dog. Don’t let children, or adults, slap and play at the growing dog. He will think that this behavior is okay, making it difficult and confusing for the dog when you try to stop this once playtime activity.
The key to success is to pick your puppy or dog carefully, even as a puppies you can see which one is the most dominant over the litter. Watching a litter and how they interact with their littermates can tell you which ones are shy, dominant, or loners. If you choose from a breeder, check out the mother and see what her temperment is like. In some instances, the father of the litter will also be on the premises for you to observe.
Raising pets is a lot like raising children. You have to teach them how to behave, and the difference between right and wrong and just hope that when they grow up the manners and proper behavior you teach them will follow them throughout a long and happy life.