Aggressive dogs are a handful. You can’t invite people over, take them out for walks, arrange playdates with other dogs, or take them to a veterinarian with ease. They throw a fit every time you try anything unusual or new. They’ll growl or bark to your utter embarrassment, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

What is Dog Aggression

Canines resort to aggression when they’re triggered by something or someone. It’s not just limited to a dog running to bite the first chance they get. Dogs express aggression in many ways and it can mean a range of different things. That being said, it varies from dog to dog as well. Some can keep their aggression in check even in a hostile environment, while others will resort to violent behavior instantly.

Aggressive dogs don’t need discipline as much as they need an understanding parent. You need to see what triggers bad behavior in them. Aggressive dogs can be distressed or in pain on the inside; they need someone to see through their façade. This is the only thing that can help them recover and improve.

Signs of Aggression In Their Body Language

  • Stiffened body
  • Baring teeth
  • Ears pinned back
  • Growling
  • Barking
  • Snarling
  • Biting

All of the above mentioned signs occur at different levels of frequency and severity. For instance, they wouldn’t growl in all circumstances and may only snip.

A territorial dog securing his spot by the tree.

Causes of Aggression in Dogs

This is where we realize that our care for our dogs has been lacking. You may have overlooked an illness or neglected your dog when they needed comfort and safety. Not treating the triggers can induce aggression in dogs because, from their perspective, you don’t care enough to change their circumstances.

Dogs also often develop dominance and may give their playmates a hard time. They want to be the Alpha, the leader of the pack, even while playing with friendly dogs. This can put off other dogs, and your dog will soon be left with no friends.

Becoming extremely possessive can also trigger aggression. This can be troubling for your family or housemates. They can’t come near you or show love or care when your dog is around. Alternatively, they can become possessive of their territory as well. This is less pervasive in your daily life but it’s still a sign of unhealthy behavior.

Try spending more time with your dog and establishing a bond of trust. This might ease some of their conflicts and get them back to normal.

If you need help, the pet experts at The Grand Paw can have a look.

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