Understanding Dog Aggression

Dog aggression is a sensitive topic as there are so many types of dog aggression out there. To fully understand your pet, the pet parent needs to fully understand dog aggression. A dog is often punished for her aggression regardless of the reason she is being aggressive. This is not always necessary; she may simply be protecting you, her pack leader, against a danger she feels will harm you. Learn here how to prevent dog bites.

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Dog Aggression Based on Breed

There are some breeds which are more prone to be aggressive than others. Why is this? Why are some breeds more aggressive than others? Well, if we think about it, have there always been this many breeds of dogs? Throughout history, each type of dog had a purpose. Some were used for herding, some were used for hunting, others were used for protection. Each dog served his or her own role in society throughout time. Most dogs have outgrown their “purpose” as we now mainly consider them our companions rather than “an employee” so to speak.

Eliminating Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Aggressive behavior is the most common behavior which is addressed in the field of pet behavior. Many pet parents often wonder if their dog’s aggression can be treated. Often times, aggressive behavior can be reduced or completely eliminated with the correct treatment techniques. In order to determine the best technique; however, we must first determine the type of aggression your dog is displaying and who or what he is displaying it toward.

It is absolutely crucial that if you ever feel uncomfortable working with your dog or are unsure of what you should do with your dog that you consult with a professional prior to addressing the situation. When handling dog aggression, the wrong move could be devastating to you and/or  you dog.

If you have any questions regarding dog aggression, contact our dog behaviorist for assistance or learn more about how to train an aggressive dog.

Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist

Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.

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