Dog Aggression

Aggressive behaviour from your dog can be extremely problematic for you, your family and your pet. When a dog behaves aggressively, it is highly intimidating to other dogs and sometimes even people and signs are easy to spot. They include:

  • Growling
  • Snarling
  • Bearing fangs
  • Snapping
  • Biting

These are all natural reactions in dogs, who act aggressively in order to display their dominance and maintain their position at the top of the pack however, in human society this behaviour becomes unacceptable and must be dealt with before it becomes too much of a problem.

Dogs can act aggressively in a number of situations, but particularly when they perceive a threat to their territory, for example, if there is an intruder in his yard of if another dog attempts to take his food. They can also be motivated to act aggressively when afraid and can turn violent when overly excited about something.

If you have an aggressive dog you should make sure that it is healthy by taking it to a vet who will be able to check that aggression isn’t being caused by some sort of physical pain. Next, you should identify the situations in which your dog reacts aggressively and remove your dog from them where possible.

Ensure that you keep your dog away from small children, particularly if it has a problem with biting and snapping.

Make sure that you don’t punish your dog to too large an extent. It may be that your dog’s aggression is triggered by fear, so through shouting and beatings you would only serve to make the problem worse and never encourage the behaviour through play fighting.

If you feel like your dog’s behaviour has gone beyond your control then you should seek professional advice. As a dog trainer in Croydon, I will be able to guide you through the training process, and help you to help your dog become happy and content.

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