Understanding canine aggression
Canine aggression is a major problem for pet owners. I want to help you understand its causes so that you can overcome this problem in your herd. Dog aggression is due in large part to the frustration the dog already feels and the dominance it attempts to establish. Commonly, canine frustration stems from lack of exercise and domination of lack of calm-assertive leadership.
The most common symptoms of inter-dog aggression include growling, biting, lip lifting, snapping, and lunging towards another dog. These behaviors may be accompanied by fearful or submissive body postures and expressions such as crouching, tucking the tail under, licking the lips, and backing away.
Breed and canine aggression
I deal with a lot of cases of extremely aggressive canine behavior which I call cases in the red zone and I often hear people incorrectly blaming the dog’s breed for their misbehavior. Any race can cause problems. The difference between an aggressive chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that larger breeds can cause proportionally greater damage.
It is important to recognize the power of a strong breed as a pit bull or mastiff. These dogs are very powerful and, if they are not balanced, they can cause serious injuries. Remember that dogs do not dream of being on the news when they grow up. Problems of canine misbehavior are not premeditated. Bad things happen when powerful races (or mixtures of powerful races) live with humans who like the breed, but do not understand the animal’s needs on the dog, nor do they fulfill their obligations as pack leaders. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking if the dog adapts to their lifestyle, resulting in a disastrous combination.
To control a powerful race you need to become the leader of the dog pack and set rules, boundaries and limits. It is necessary to attend to the needs of the dog as required by Mother Nature. If you are considering adopting a powerful race, make sure you are willing and able to take responsibility.
Fear and aggressive dogs
Lack of proper exercise is the root of the problem of canine behavior in many cases of fearful and aggressive dogs. Exercising a dog burns your excess energy and helps you maintain your mental health. This is important because to speak to the mind it is necessary to eliminate the energy of the body.
Dog Aggression Against Dogs
In cases of dog aggression against dogs, your dog is asking you to establish yourself as the leader of the pack. Animals select herd leaders because they instinctively know they are stronger and can guide them better. A herd leader in the animal world cares about the herd, not himself. Their natural instincts are protection and guidance for the whole herd. It is an altruistic function and an instinctive role. In return, the pack relies entirely on its leader. You have to gain the trust, loyalty and respect of your dogs before they recognize you as their leader and that will be achieved by giving them rules, boundaries and limits.
Once your dogs see you as leader of your pack, dog aggression against dogs will stop, as they will not fight for dominance, because you have become a calm and assertive herd leader.
Dogs in the red zone
It is important to understand that dogs in the red zone are usually frustrated dogs. To control a powerful race, you need to master the position of leader of the pack. The size and strength of a pitbull, mastiff, rottweiler or any other large dog can quickly transform a frustrated and dominant animal into a serious threat. You must control the situation and behavior of the dog before it increases.
When it comes to dogs in the red zone, I start working with the owner, explain how to become the leader of the herd and understand the animal in your dog. Therefore, changing your own behavior is a crucial part of your dog’s rehabilitation and overcoming canine behavior problems. If you revert to your old habits, so will your dog.
How have you changed your own behavior to rehabilitate your dog?
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