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Video: If The Dog Is Overly Aggressive
“There are no problem dogs, there are problem owners” (Ed Froli). Here are just a few facts about aggressive dog behavior in the US:
90% of bites are caused by dogs familiar to humans;
The vast majority of biting dogs bite their family members
- From 60% to 70% of dog bites go to children or the elderly;
- When biting children, 40% of the damage occurs on the lips, cheeks, etc.;
- Half of all insurance claims related to personal insurance are related to dog bites.
The increased aggressiveness of dogs has several reasons, but they can all be combined into 2 large groups: poor breeding and poor socialization (poor parenting).
An aggressive dog doesn't become a monster overnight. There are bound to be signs that she is an abnormal pet. Or she is too timid and cowardly, therefore, in a dangerous situation, from her point of view, she tries to defend herself and shows aggression. Or the aggression may develop slowly, first manifesting itself towards people near her toys or food bowl.
We cannot judge the average dog owner for missing the warning signals. Those who have not raised and raised a dog before, pay more attention to teaching the puppy not to trample flowers and to approach on command. But even the inexperienced owner is still obliged to recognize the warning signals in his adult dog, which becomes excessively aggressive at the wrong time,
There are several types of aggressive behavior in dogs. Below I will name them and try to explain the problems associated with each of these types. By understanding the nature of aggressive behavior, you can find ways to manage it.
Types of aggression:
- hierarchical aggression (dominance aggression);
- territorial aggression;
- aggression of fear (defensive aggression);
- hunting aggression (predatory aggression).
Hierarchical aggression (dominance aggression). Many people think their puppy is smart or smart when he growls at them or bites their fingers when trying to get close to a food bowl or toy. They laugh, show the puppy to their friends and imagine how brave this butuz will grow up if now it is so angry.
They do not understand that this behavior is an early sign of dominance. And that such a puppy, with a high probability, will be aggressive towards both family members and strangers. Growling at such an early age can result in trying to manage the family as the puppy grows up. And if a tiny lapdog growls, then it's not scary, but if a Rottweiler puppy behaves this way, which can grow into a monster, then this is already a very serious problem.
Dominance aggression should be corrected immediately, from the moment it appears (regardless of whether your dog is young or belongs to small breeds).
It is believed that most bites are inflicted by small breed dogs rather than large dogs. An analysis was made by the University of California, the result of which showed that most often dogs weighing up to 4 kg are thrown at people. I think most small dog owners don't take their pets seriously. And the owners of small dogs often ignore the problems of dominance, believing that their little terrier is just playing naughty when he growls at children or at those who sit next to him on the sofa. It must be remembered that it is small dogs that can bite small children in the face. Large dog owners do make some attempts to control their dog's aggressiveness.
To manage an aggressive state, you need to understand that the dog is primarily a gregarious animal. The nature of gregarious animals requires that a strict order of subordination exists in the flock - a hierarchical structure, and if a hierarchical structure is not proposed, is absent in their flock, they take its establishment into their own hands, that is, paws and teeth. If the owner does not become the leader of the pack for the dog, then the dogs take the lead. And dogs can obey only those who are in the lead in relation to them, That is why many dogs carry out the commands of the owner and do not obey his wife, or vice versa. All this is said to the fact that a dog treats a person as his own kind.
The first step that must be taken to make the dominant dog obey is to change its place in the hierarchical structure. The dog must be shifted to the bottom of the hierarchical ladder. First of all, this is achieved by controlling and changing the dog's lifestyle. Dominant dogs should not sleep in a bed or bedroom - the best (comfortable) resting place should belong to the pack leader. And when eating people, "problem" dogs should be locked in cages or aviaries and fed only after all other "members of the pack" have eaten (subdominators should take food last).