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Dog aggression is a natural behavior that exists in all dogs.  It may be provoked by circumstances such as seeing a stranger (fear/confusion/territorial), another dog (dominance) or simply defending its' litter (protective).   Signs of dog aggression need to be understood and addressed quickly as it's likely the aggression will escalate.  After you understand dog aggression, look for holistic remedies in our holistic products store.

 

Signs of Dog Aggression
  • Lifting a lip/Baring teeth
  • Growling/Snarling
  • Snapping
  • Nipping
  • Biting (breaking skin)
  • Won't allow human to touch possessions - such as a dog toy or food dish
 
5 Primary Types of Dog Aggression
  1. Dominance Aggression occurs because dogs are pack animals and follow a pecking order.  A dog may view you as "below" him the in pecking order and may assert his dominance aggressively when you attempt to move him off the bed/couch or physically restrain him (this can be a hug).  Often dominance aggressive dogs are friendly when they don't feel challenged.
  2. Fear Aggression occurs when a dog perceives a threat of being harmed even when no threat exists, such as when a human suddenly raises his hand and the dog fears being hit.  This is especially common in abused dogs.
  3. Territorial Aggression occurs when a dog feels the need to protect his territory. Your dog's territory generally includes your home and yard, but may also include the neighborhood where you take him for walks.
  4. Predatory Aggression occurs when a dog has a strong predatory drive and may perceive a cat, squirrel or another dog (or pet) as prey.
  5. Protective or Possessive Aggression occurs when a dog is being protective of your family or his space/possessions (food, toys). 
 
Most Common Dog Aggression Problems
  • Aggressive Behavior Toward Owner is the most common behavioral problem brought to veterinarians.  The cause may be anything from a medical issue to dominance/fear aggression.
 
Recommendation:  First, rule out any medical issues that may be causing aggressive behavior.  Then work with a dog trainer/behaviorist to or use the dog behanior correction steps listed below to correct your dog's aggressive behavior.
 
 
  • Aggressive behavior towards babies occur because they may not even consider the baby to be a person.  Their aggression may be triggered by fear or predatory/territorial instincts.
 
Recommendation:  Start introducing your new baby, before he/she actually comes home, by bringing home a piece of your baby's clothing to get your dog used to the scent. When you arrive home, have the adult, not holding the baby, greet the dog first. Leash your dog if he is acting aggressively and do not introduce him to your baby.  If your dog is not acting aggressively and calms down from the excitement of your arrival, allow him (while being held on a leash) to smell the baby (no licking). Gradually, over a period of time, allow your dog closer to your baby while holding the baby in your arms.  Do not allow your dog and baby to be together, unsupervised.  Work with a dog trainer if there are any signs of aggression toward the baby or anyone else.


Behavior Correction for Aggressive Dogs
  • 30+ minutes of exercise a day; 1 hour if you have a high energy dog
  • Make sure your dog has a comfortably fitting head collar
  • Work with your dog to follow your and your family's commands (sit, stay, lie down, etc.)
  • Reward positive behavior; do not punish bad behavior as this can make aggression worse
  • Ignore your dog when he is exhibiting a negative/aggression behavior or walk away
  • Only pet your dog when you want to - not when he begs you to
  • Fear or Protective Aggression - desensitize your dog to the trigger(s) for this the behavior; such as associating a treat with not barking at a visitor in your home
  • Possessive Aggression - desensitize your dog to the trigger(s) for this the behavior; such as slowly bringing a dog toy closer and closer while your dog sits/stays in one place
  •  Predatory Aggression -  slowly familiarize your dog with each new dog or cat (separated areas/rooms).  Gradually allow them to be closer together (separate sides of baby gate). Once both pets ignore one other, then introduce them with both on leashes - at a safe distance
  • Have your dog neutered or spayed
 
Holistic Remedies
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Pet Alive - Aggression Formula™ - Natural homeopathic remedy reduces aggressive behaviors in cats and dogs, including barking, biting & scratching
 
  • Reduces aggressive behavior
  • Reduces excessive barking, biting and scratching
  • Promotes normal social behavior
  • Calms highly strung, jealous or stressed pets
  • Keeps pets relaxed in stressful situations
  • Fast-acting, easy to administer granules
  • Safe for cats and dogs
 
Pet Alive - PetCalm™ - PetCalm is a holistic remedy to soothe fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances
 

  • Soothes nervousness
  • Calms fear in pets with nervous dispositions
  • Improves emotional balance
  • Relaxes easily startled pets during stressful times
  • Supports confidence during competitive events
  • Promotes nervous system health
  • Fast-acting, easy to administer granules
  • Safe for cats, dogs and small pets
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