Aggression is the most widely recognized and most genuine issue in dogs. It’s additionally the main reason behind why pet guardians look for expert assistance from behaviorists, mentors and veterinarians.
The expression “aggression” refers to a wide assortment of practices that happen for a huge number of reasons in different conditions. Practically all wild creatures are forceful while guarding their domains, shielding their posterity and protecting themselves. Species that live in groups, including people and dogs, also use aggression and the threat of aggression to keep the peace and to negotiate social interactions.
To state that a dog is “aggressive” can mean an entire host of things. Aggression includes a scope of practices that typically starts with warnings and can culminate in an attack. A dog that demonstrates aggression to individuals exhibits some part of following sequence of increasingly intense behaviors:
- Becoming still and inflexible
- Throaty bark that sounds threatening
- Rushing forward or accusing at the individual of no contact
- Mouthing, as if to move or control the individual, without applying pressure
- “Gag punch” (the pooch actually punches the individual with her nose)
- Growl (a mix of snarling and going on the defensive)
- Fast nip that leaves no check
- Fast bite that tears the skin
- Bite with enough strain to cause a wound
- Bite that causes cut injuries
Pet parents of aggressive dogs often ask whether they can ever be sure that their dog is “cured.” Taking into account the behavior modification techniques that affect aggression, our current understanding is that the incidence and frequency of some types of aggression can be reduced and sometimes eliminated. However, there’s no guarantee that an aggressive dog can be completely cured. In many cases, the only solution is to manage the problem by limiting a dog’s exposure to the situations, people or things that trigger her aggression. There’s always risk when dealing with an aggressive dog. Pet parents are responsible for their dogs’ behavior and must take precautions to ensure that no one’s harmed. Even if a dog has been well behaved for years, it’s not possible to predict when all the necessary circumstances might come together to create “the perfect storm” that triggers her aggression. Dogs who have a history of resorting to aggression as a way of dealing with stressful situations can fall back on that strategy. Pet parents of aggressive dogs should be prudent and always assume that their dog is not cured so that they never let down their guard.