Understanding Dog Aggression and Aggressive Dog Training Tips

Every dog is in need of basic dog obedience training. Your canine, like a young child, must be taught how to behave. Many dogs have behavioral problems. There are those that show aggressive dog behavior, those that that have turned barking into a hobby, those that are constantly whining, etc. So, if you are having difficulties with your dog, don’t have a panic attack! You are not the only one with an unruly pet, and there are solutions to your dog’s problems.

Dog aggression is a typical problem that dog owners are confronted with. Bad dog behaviors such as this can be eliminated. If you wish to stop dog behavior problems, however, your first step is to understand what is causing them. Correcting aggressive dogs calls upon you to discover the root of the aggression. Does you dog behave aggressively towards members of the family, strangers, or both? You must ask yourself this critical question. The answer will influence treatment of the problem.

If your dog only acts aggressively towards strangers, then it is necessary for you to learn how to socialize your dog. If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior towards people in your family, you must learn how to deal with dog pack behavior and resource guarding. Mishandling or mistreating a dog may also cause a dog to show aggression towards family members. Hence, each person in the family should learn what types of handling/treatment can provoke aggressive dog behavior.

Aggressive dog training is a hard job to do without some form of help. Books on dog behavior are an excellent resource that can guide you through basic dog obedience training and help you learn how to stop dog behavior problems (for example, dog aggression). So, if you want to train your dog in the house and don’t want to spend a ton of money on training lessons, then a book on dog behavior is an excellent investment!

Here are 5 Tips that you can use to begin correcting aggressive dogs today!

  1. If he is still a puppy, expose your pet to as many new people and environments as possible.
  2. Handle your puppy frequently, in a nonthreatening manner, so that he gets used to being touched.
  3. Let your dog know that You are the boss, or head of the family, not him.
  4. Keep obedience training lessons brief, consistent, and frequent (Two 15 minute sessions a day).
  5. Use rewards (praise/treats) when your dog behaves and punishment (nothing harsh: time out) when he does not listen to your commands.

Different Types of Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Dogs are supposed to be a “man’s best friend.” However, sometimes they can turn into his worst enemy. Why do dogs display aggressive behavior? Well, there are many reasons. Understanding the causes of dog aggression can help you avoid being viciously bitten or attacked by an angry dog.

Here are just some of the things that give rise to aggressive behavior in dogs:

  1. Dominance – Dogs have the instinct to act as if they are in a pack. A dog’s human family, in his eyes, is very similar to a dog pack; he views it as having a clear hierarchy. So, if he is not taught from an early age that he is NOT the head of the “family”, or pack, then he will assume this role and think that he can dominate the rest of the members. The dominant dog will abuse his sense of power and become violent when he fails to get his own way.
  2. Fear Induced Aggression– When a dog is frightened and another animal or person comes toward him, he may react in an aggressive manner if he feels trapped and unable to get away.
  3. A boo boo– When a dog is hurt, or in pain, and is he touched in a threatening way (or a way which causes him even more pain), he may react by bearing his teeth, growling, or even biting.
  4. After Giving Birth- A dog that has just given birth will become very aggressive if a person or animal comes near her newborn puppies in order to protect them.
  5. Natural Born Hunters– Well, dogs certainly are not vegetarians! They love meat and moving objects, and will go after just about anything that they view as prey, including animals or anything that can move fast. So, if you’re fleeing from a mad dog on foot, be careful as this type of behavior may make the dog display even more aggression.
  6. A Dog’s Territory– Dogs are very protective of and possessive over what they consider to be their property (their owner’s home, the front porch, a part of the yard, etc) So, when some person or animal invades it, they will not give a second thought about attacking the intruder.