Despite what many believe, there are no aggressive dog breeds, but dogs that, by nature, possess a greater protective instinct and a lower degree of tolerance for certain scenarios.
Because, as veterinarians often repeat every time this matter is discussed, no dog is born aggressive.
That said, if your best four-legged friend starts having aggressive behaviors with other dogs, don’t wait to take action to prevent the problem from escalating.
Why is my dog aggressive towards other dogs?
The first thing to do when detecting the first signs of aggressiveness in a dog is to go to the veterinarian or the ethologist to determine the origin of this reactive attitude.
And there are many reasons why a dog can become aggressive.
Often what hides behind that irascibility and irritability is a health problem like, for instance:
- Metabolic disorder
- Stress or anxiety
- Vision or hearing problem
- Food poisoning
- Senile dementia
It should also be noted that, although it is not usual, from time to time there are cases of aggressive dogs after neutering.
At this point it is important to emphasize that in almost all of these medical conditions indicated aggressiveness is accompanied by alterations in mood, complaints or crying.
In addition to being a consequence of a health problem, a dog can also be aggressive due to:
- Dominance, when he wants to assert his role within the pack.
- Competitiveness, when fighting for a toy or a prize with another dog.
- Fear, when you feel threatened.
- Territorial, when you feel like your comfort zone is being invaded.
- Education, when they have been trained to be aggressive in certain scenarios.
- Predatory instinct, when other dogs or people run or move from one side to the other.
- Maternal instinct, when you think your puppies are in danger
And once the diagnosis is received, how can I control my dog’s aggressiveness?
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How to make your dog not aggressive
These are the tips that the experts recommend:
A good education
As ethologists often repeat, the key to preventing a dog from developing aggressive behaviors is education.
To prevent a dog from becoming aggressive, it is necessary to train and train him from puppyhood. And it is essential that know from minute one who is the leader of the pack.
Some simple tricks to make you see who the master is are:
- Enter before him through the front door.
- Do not let him access any room, such as the baby’s or where you keep products or materials that could harm him.
- Eat before him.
- Ask him to respond to certain commands before giving him his food.
Reprimand for bad behavior
Each time you do it, give it a little tap with your finger and accompany this gesture with a “No!” strong and resounding.
If you can’t stop him from biting, punish him by leaving him alone for a few minutes. Nothing like the action – reaction (bite – loneliness) method to teach a dog.
Get him to socialize with other dogs
If your dog is still a puppy, Make sure that he interacts with other dogs and people, always in an open space where he has been previously and while you hold him on a leash to correct him as many times as necessary.
Whenever he is minimally aggressive, reprimand him and correct his attitude. With patience, and by repeating this exercise, you will get him used to the presence of unfamiliar people and dogs.
Apply positive reinforcement
In the same way, do not forget reward him with a treat every time you detect progress or see that he reacts positively in the presence of dogs or strangers to him.
With time, patience and love you will end up correcting their aggressiveness.
And it is that any effort is little to avoid that it ends up crossing the dreaded ‘red line’ that forces to sacrifice the aggressive dog.
If despite following all these tips, and after having tried to correct your attitude for several weeks, you do not notice any progress, put yourself in the hands of an expert aggressive dog handler.
Fortunately, more and more professionals specialize in redirecting aggressive behaviors that can be found throughout our geography.
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