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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.