Aggression is a behavioral problem common to all age groups and breeds. The first thing that comes to mind when aggression in dogs is discussed is biting, however, aggression is more than just biting. Common signs of aggression in dogs include growling, baring teeth with the ears pinned back, stiff body posture, snarling, bites of varying intensity, covering and tail tucking.
Forms of Aggression in Dogs
Being able to identify what makes your dog aggressive is key in successful management of aggression. Types of aggression include territorial aggression, possessive aggression, fear aggression, defensive aggression, social aggression, pain-induced aggression, and predatory aggression
How to Stop & Prevent Aggression in Dogs
The best way to prevent aggression in dogs is to adopt behavioral modification at puppyhood. Here are some tips to stop aggression in dogs.
- Dogs that suddenly became aggressive might be having an underlying medical condition. Such dogs should be examined by your veterinarian.
- Employ the services of a dog trainer.
- Avoid punishing your dog when they show aggression.
- Consider giving prescribed medications for dogs experiencing fear, stress or anxiety.