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It is in the nature of dogs to be
aggressively protective of their loved ones. You may have seen several dogs
being violent, growling, and even trying to bite. But have you ever wondered
why some dogs show these nasty behaviors? You understand your dog is
aggressive, but understanding the cause of the aggression can help you find a
solution to treat them.
Some of the common causes of aggression
You cannot find a solution without
knowing what the problem is! As long as you know what is causing aggression in
your dog, you may be able to help. Some of the most common causes of aggression
in dogs include
is a common cause of aggression in all living things. Your dog may have been
loving and friendly for several years and suddenly started showing signs of
aggression. The first sign to notice is whether your dog is in pain or if there
is an illness that is causing the aggression. Some medical conditions make dogs
aggressive such as brain disease, tumors, among others.
are extremely possessive animals. Your dog may show aggression when it fears to
lose the object of value such as a toy, food
bowl, bed, or sometimes even a person. This is also called resource guarding.
Dogs may also growl and warn when strangers or outsiders enter your home. To
your dog, it's his or her territory. The degree of aggression varies from
barking and growling to attacking and biting.
is a form of defense mechanism in dogs. Many dogs show aggression when they are
in danger and unable to escape. They exhibit
aggressive behavior to defend themselves. Most of the dogs that exhibit fearful
behavior have been neglected, abused, or experienced a traumatic event.
are several reasons for a dog to feel frustrated, from fleas
and ticks to being tied up or restrained on a
leash. Also called redirected aggression, when a dog is frustrated, and it is
unable to take the frustration out in any way, it gives birth to aggression.
dominance happens in all species, including dogs. Your dog may either be trying
to establish dominance over another dog or even over your whole family. Most
times, dogs show aggression when their position is being challenged, and it may
be mistaken for dominance. But in some cases, your dog may be trying to be the
‘Alpha’ of the family resulting in aggression.
may have seen infants and few children creating in a scene in public to get
what they want. Once it works, they continue with the behavior. Dogs are no
different. Once they realize that they can get what they want by showing
aggressive behavior, they learn to repeat the aggression.
It is always better
to be careful while interpreting aggression and first rule-out health issues
causing aggression. Any mistake in interpreting can cause more harm than good
to your dog.