7 Types of Dog Aggression You Should Be Aware Of

Have you noticed your canine growling at you or being aggressive towards other dogs? This aggression could mean several things like, protectiveness or frustration that has built up with time which has resulted in a medical condition or complication. If your pet has become very aggressive with time, you should pick up the pet insurance card and visit the veterinarian as soon as you could.

In case you don’t have the insurance done for your pet, you should compare the pet insurances and choose the best one for your chum as it is beneficial for you as well as your pooch. Additionally, if your dog has bitten you before then you should know that the canines who have bitten before are a known risk and an insurance liability.

Here are seven types of doggy aggression you should be aware of.

  1. Territorial Aggression 

Territorial aggression is a type of aggression a canine will show if any unknown animal or person tries to or actually enters their territory. The pet could attack the intruder or even drive them out of the territory. This could include barking or biting. 

  1. Protective Aggression 

Dogs are social and they mostly live in small packs or groups. If one member of the pack would be in danger, all the dogs would rush in to help the one who is facing the issue. Pet dogs display the same aggression if their family member would be in danger.

This aforementioned aggression mostly happens when a newborn baby is welcomed to the family. For this, you should prepare your pooch in advance and gradually introduce the baby to the pet. 

  1. Possessive Aggression 

Some pets are pretty possessive about the things they have. For example, if a pet only if they cared about their food, they would react aggressively if anybody came near their meal, especially while eating. Possessive aggression could also be for their crates, beds, blankets, toys, bowls, etc.

The solution for such dogs is to teach them or just to keep away from their stuff. And if your canine bites when you are trying to teach them, then it’s time to visit the vet. 

  1. Fear And Defensive Aggression 

In defensive aggression, a dog could bark or growl. But a defensive dog attacks first even though their opponent has frozen or is ready to back off. Fearful aggression is when the pet feels scared of something and could run away from that thing but could end up coming up from behind and attacking the person or thing it was scared of.

As both types of aggression include barking which could be stopped by avoiding the exposure of fear to the pet. You should help your canine overcome their fear. Remember that when your dog is barking out of fear it should not be punished. 

  1. Social Or Dominance Aggression 

A pet that perceives itself as high in status displays this type of aggression, even towards family members. This type of aggression can also be known as dominance or status-seeking aggression. The aggressive response can be seen if the dog has been disturbed while sleeping or chewing its bone, jerking or pulling the leash, threatening the dog, hitting or even trying to hit the pet, etc. 

  1. Frustration-Elicited And Redirected Aggression 

A dog with frustration-elicited aggression is like a child who is excited about something but has been withdrawn from the same item. For example, if your pet sees another pet friend of theirs, and you pull the leash back, it could make your canine aggressive towards you.

Redirected aggression occurs when one of the pet’s mind has been diverted. Like, if two dogs are fighting and one tries to break the fight, the one who is the peacemaker gets bitten. 

  1. Predatory Aggression 

Dogs are related to wolves or coyotes and similarly display the canine predatory behavior. For example, dogs tend to chase and grab fast-moving objects like running people, cycles, cars, etc. Some dogs also attack the item if they grab the object.

There are some types of aggression in dogs that could be reduced or even eliminated. There are also some breeds of dogs that are more aggressive than others. They say that the pets that are younger in age and smaller in height are easier to tame than the elder pets that are big in size. Taller dogs can easily inflict more damage than the little ones.

You should train your pet from the time they are younger. The training could include methods like the ‘reward and punishment’ one. For example, rewarding your pet with their favorite biscuit if they obeyed your order. You could also work out with professional behavior experts or veterinarians for the training of your chum.

Chris Myrss
Chris Myers is a freelance writer, blogger, and digital media journalist. Chris Myers has a BA in English & Journalism and wide-ranging background in digital media.
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