Dog Aggression Towards People


If there has been a long history of aggressive behavior, Aggression between dogs and people can be unpredictable and fatal. Numerous dog bites result in yearly hospitalizations, costing insurance companies millions in claims. Although most dogs get along well with their families, all breeds and breed combinations of dogs have the potential to bite.

Contrary to popular belief, bites rarely occur “out of the blue” and are usually the result of the perfect confluence of conditions and environment.

Most dogs prefer to avoid situations rather than bite. Still, some will do so if they perceive a threat and it continues despite a warning, whether it is given covertly or overtly.

Why do dogs charge at people they see?

Although many dogs spend their days resting on the couch, they have become beloved family members. Because fewer dogs are employed, more bored animals get stressed and anxious. Stress and anxiety are the leading causes of aggressive behavior.

Even though most dogs do not receive formal training, when those that do are taken to a class and trained using strict, outdated methods, the result is typically an increase in undesirable behavior.

According to a 2009 Journal of Applied Animal Behavior study, many trainers and handlers in the United States and Great Britain use aggressive training methods that contribute to dog bites. As stated by Meghan Herron, DVM, the study’s lead author, “Many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them or intimidating them with physical manipulation like alpha rolls [holding dogs on their back], do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.”

The Effects of Negligent Breeders and Dog Mills

Other contributors to the dog bite pandemic include backyard breeders and the puppy mill industry’s poor breeding practices. Puppy breeders breed many puppies without caring about the dogs they breed or about socializing them with humans and other animals as long as it would make them money. Aggressive behavior is frequently influenced by fear and uncertainty from a lack of socialization.

The bulk of cases is brought on by careless people who use their large breed dogs for intimidation and protection without adequately socializing them. The most common reasons for dog bites include abuse, neglect, and harsh treatment.

Genetics & Medical Conditions Can cause To Aggression.

Some dogs continue to show Aggression toward people, even after receiving aggressive training and socialization. The behavior could get worse if there are health problems or physical pain.

Genetics can occasionally have an impact on neurological conditions that cause emotional instability. Some dogs generalize their fear of one person to all people due to their quick reflexes and high level of sensitivity.

What should I do if my dog has bitten someone?

Effective management should occur first if your dog bites someone or is reactive and aggressive toward people. To protect people, keep your dog in a controlled environment.

  • If you are hosting guests, keep the dog contained by putting it behind a baby gate or in a closed room.
  • Tell your guests to go.
  • If your dog has a low bite risk and would rather avoid an encounter than bite, provide him with a safe place to go when he needs to and tell people to ignore him. Even if your dog approaches them, guests can help by avoiding physical contact or coming altogether.
  • Physical contact may be appropriate if he settles down in their presence. Still, anxious dogs typically don’t like to be petted, so just saying “hello” will suffice.
  • When dealing with children, exercise caution and make sure they are not permitted to chase, tease, or handle the dog. Avoid letting kids run about or yell because this could scare your dog or cause him to want to pursue them.

How can I train my dog to greet people when they enter my house?

Some dogs will become more accepting of people if they only give them nice things, such as food or toys.

  • Like when throwing a toy, throwing food in front of your dog allows him to see the source of the food while keeping a safe distance.
  • If your dog is more accepting, a treat from your hand can be helpful. Watch for indications that he could be uneasy and monitor his comfort level.

Is aggressive behavior curable?

Dog-human Aggression is a serious issue that endangers both dog owners and the general public. A competent, compassionate trainer can significantly help with behavior modification efforts. It takes time to manage your dog effectively.

No “therapy” exists for Aggression. Training cannot guarantee behavior in dogs because moods and contextual factors have a significant role in behavior and are constantly changing, just like humans.

However, positive training can change how your dog perceives danger or stressful circumstances, giving him more self-assurance around people.