Why Do Dogs Become Aggressive?
An uncomfortable dog usually responds with intimidating or threatening behavior as a way of warning others to back off. You might feel your dog doesn’t like children when it barks loudly at your neighbors’ kids, but it’s more likely it hasn’t been socialized in these situations and is feeling stressed by the children’s loud and unpredictable behavior.
At The Dog Wizard, our knowledgeable dog trainers work with you to improve communication between you and your canine companion. Once your dog knows it can trust you when you tell it that it’s safe, your pet can start responding to these situations in different ways.
What Does Aggressive Behavior Look Like?
Aggressive dogs are usually scared, possessive, or territorial. You can detect signs of aggression by reading their body language. Aggressive behavior includes:
- Standing stiffly and rigidly
- Baring their teeth
- Lunging at someone without making physical contact
- Intentionally pushing against a person with their muzzle
- Biting without pressure or hard enough to bruise or puncture the skin
Types of Aggression
The first step to easing aggression is to understand why your pet reacts to situations this way. Here are some common reasons for your dog’s behavior.