Learning the different forms of aggression may help you avoid getting bit by an angry dog.

Chew Toys, Dog Bones, and the La-Z-Boy: What Makes Your Dog Aggressive?

Over and over again, people are warned about the dangerous nature of certain dog breeds. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Doberman Pinschers are among some of the most notoriously “dangerous” breeds around.

However, in many cases the danger that all dogs possess is really aggression. This aggression usually stems from an instinct to protect and defend. When a dog feels threatened, aggression tends to surface. Any dog can have aggressive tendencies for a variety of reasons. Owners who learn how to properly hone their dog’s aggressive tendencies can actually end up adding a strong, loveable pet to the family.

The key to controlling a dog’s aggression, though, begins by understanding why dogs can be aggressive in the first place. Then, by learning to recognize some of a dog’s typical signs of aggression, owners can properly train their dogs to be the loving protectors and family pets they hope for.

Why Are Dogs Aggressive?

  • Fear. This is the “fight or flight” response.
  • Protection. Are their owners or babies being threatened?
  • Possessiveness. Chew toys, bones, dog food, and their stolen “prizes” can trigger a dob’s belligerence.
  • Territory Invasion. Much like people, dogs tend to like “their space.” If a stranger sits in a dog’s favorite chair, it could mean bad news.

In most cases, dogs are not as aggressive as puppies. But as they age, a dog’s playful demeanor begins to change ¾quite similar to the natural process of human maturity.

Dog bites can be extremely serious or even deadly. Permanent disfigurement or scarring, debilitating fear or anxiety around dogs, and even a lifetime of reconstructive surgeries may await dog bite victims. However, this fate could be avoided by understanding what triggers could set off a dog’s aggression.

Do you frequently see aggressive dogs at Seattle’s dog parks like Grandview Off Leash Dog Park or even Westcrest? Educating yourself, and your children, about why certain breeds might become aggressive can help you avoid doing anything that might set a dog into “fight or flight” mode.

If you found this information helpful, please check out our site for additional information regarding dog bites and personal safety around aggressive pups. It’s our hope that man’s best friend always stays that way.