Signs Of Dog Aggression Towards Other Dogs
Stop your dog from being aggressive toward other dogs
As humiliating as it can be for owners, many people believe that some aggression between dogs who are unfamiliar with one another is unavoidable and must simply be tolerated, but this isn’t always the case. Aggression toward other dogs can be caused by a variety of issues, but it’s important to understand that you can take steps to prevent it. By following these tips, you might be able to turn your dog from aggressive and unfriendly to calm and friendly.
What Causes My Dog to Be Aggressive to Other People?
Aggression between dogs can be caused by a variety of factors, but the most common cause is fear or a desire to protect you. Even if neither of these reasons is malicious, it is still important to teach your dog that aggression is inappropriate. Your dog may also be aggressive due to frustration or irritability caused by a lack of exercise. Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s breed does not automatically make it more aggressive than other dogs; just like humans, each dog is unique depending on how it was raised. The only significant difference is that larger dogs are more likely to cause more damage than smaller dogs when they become aggressive due to their size and strength. This means that before you purchase a larger breed as a pet, you must understand how to safely control its strength.
What Can I Do to Prevent Aggression?
Different actions will be required depending on the root cause of your dog’s aggression toward other dogs. However, you should take the following steps to deal with the situation appropriately if it arises:
Stay Calm and Assertive: Regardless of how angry you are with your dog for their aggressive behavior, yelling at them will only make their aggression worse. Hold your dog back firmly (don’t tug too hard or they’ll get upset) and walk on calmly.
Block Their View Of The Other Dog-If your dog is unable to see the other dog, they are more likely to calm down. If you can’t get your dog out of sight completely, simply stand in front of their face to block their view. This may also help to calm them down because they realize they don’t have to be aggressive.
Create Neutral Meeting Experiences: Getting your dog used to meeting other dogs will likely reduce their aggression because they will realize it is unnecessary. Introduce your dog to other dogs as much as possible and as young as possible in a controlled and calm environment to get them used to meeting new dogs.
Entertain Your Dog: It may sound simple, but ensuring that your dog is well-walked and entertained will ensure that they are content with themselves, making them less likely to become frustrated and aggressive towards others.
Training your dog to be less aggressive toward others will take time, just like any other type of training, but perseverance is key. If your dog’s aggression does not improve after some time, you should seek veterinary advice because it’s possible that an underlying health issue, rather than just behavioral traits, is affecting their mood.