When we think of an aggressive human, we can often look beneath the behaviours and see that they are a person who is suffering in some way, and are expressing their feelings negatively. There are many different reasons why a dog might be behaving aggressively and often it is not just due to the breed, as even the seemingly calmest breeds of dogs can become aggressive at times. Thankfully, there are ways of identifying the issue and working with dogs to assist them in becoming less aggressive and more sociable.
Knowing Your Breed
We often hear in the news about particular breeds of dog behaving aggressively and causing injury to people; however, this is less to do with the breed and more to do with the owner, and how the dog has been trained. It is important to note that some breeds of dogs are a lot stronger and have more power than others have, which may cause them to appear more aggressive when, in fact, it is more a case of them not realising their own strength.
Understanding the breed of dog that you have will assist you in providing a lifestyle that suits its strength, power and personality. Rules and boundaries need to be established early for a powerful breed of dog, with you established as the leader of the pack, providing adequate training and exercise.
One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to ensure that it is having enough exercise every day, no matter what the breed. Exercise allows the dog to release energy from its body that prevents you from being able to communicate effectively with its mind. At Durack Pet Motel, we recognise the importance of exercise to ensure that dogs are able to release built up energy and tension so that they can be the best version of themselves possible.
Aggression amongst Dogs
If you have more than one dog and if you are experiencing increased aggression among them, this is because you have not adequately established yourself as their leader. The leader of the pack is responsible for protecting and directing the entire pack, to ensure that they are kept safe at all times. By providing rules, boundaries and limitations you are asserting yourself as their leader, and the fighting will cease once this role has been firmly established, as they will not be fighting amongst themselves to establish who will take on that role.