How to Stop Dog Aggression

Dogs are instinctively aggressive. This trait evolved over many centuries to ensure dogs survived in the wild. Through the process of selective breeding and domestication dog aggression has been minimised and refined. Here are some tips to help you to understand why your dog might be displaying aggressive behavior.
What causes dog aggression?
A number of factors are involved in dog aggression but the most common causes are a lack of socialization and experience with other people and the issue of dominance. Sometimes dog food plays the main culprit role in dog aggression. Visit dog food advisor today and find the best dog food for your dog. Sometimes dogs eat red beef and become more aggressive.
Dog aggression towards strangers:
Dogs are instinctively cautious and suspicious. If you haven’t spent a lot of time with your dog around other people and in unfamiliar situations, your dog will be apprehensive when confronted with strangers and new surroundings. It is up to you to broaden your dog's knowledge and consistently reinforce positive experiences.
So what can I do about it?
Socialisation from a young age is key to your dog accepting a wide variety of experiences. This includes other people, places, and animals. Your dog learns through experience that new situations are safe and fun. Socializing your dog is pretty easy to do. Take your dog to puppy preschool where he will be introduced to new people and a range of other dogs. As your puppy gets used to these new people and dogs, you’ll be able to expand where you go with him. Socialisation is an ongoing process throughout the life of your dog.

Dog Aggression towards family members:
Dogs are commonly aggressive towards members of their own human family when they are trying to defend something they think of as their own. This is called resource guarding. It usually appears as overly-possessive behavior, such as snarling if you approach when your dog is eating, or if you reach your hand out to take a toy away. The cause of this sort of aggression is the issue of dominance. We need to remember that dogs are pack animals. They are used to structure and are ranked according to a hierarchy of position and power in relation to everyone in their family or pack. In this case, they rank themselves against their human family and their ranking tells them how to behave in any situation. So, if your dog perceives himself to be at the top, it is his job to behave aggressively. If your dog perceives himself to be ranked lower than other family members he will behave in a submissive/passive way and wouldn’t dare growl or snarl if you were to approach during eating or if you took away a toy. It needs to be made clear to your dog that you are the boss and he is a lower ranking pack member.

You will need to do some consistent and frequent obedience work with your dog to re-establish your authority. Regular, short training sessions are the key to effective behavior modification and control. Try to make each training session enjoyable: turn it into a game by giving your dog lots of praise, pats, and treats when he has worked well with you.

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