Dogs are considered as a man’s best friend, right? But it is not the same when it comes to dog-and-dog relationships. Though there are certain dogs who can maintain a good relationship with other canines, there are still few who become aggressive towards other dogs. Dog aggression towards other dogs is a common topic among dog owners.
It raises several questions as well as talking about several solutions that can be used in order to prevent this form of aggression especially since the parties involved are both dogs. Owners, who have many dogs, can attest to the strain and burdensome issue of dog on dog aggression.
In this article, let us try to understand this aggression and see what we can do to help our canines correct their behavior and be sociable with others.
What Is Dog On Dog Aggression?
Dog on dog aggression is the aggressive behavior by a dog to another dog. Dog aggression towards other dogs may include against canines in the same household as he does, or against those dogs that are strangers to him. Though dog aggression is normal for some, those who show excessive aggression delete requires intervention.
Why Is Dog Aggressive To Other Dogs?
Dog aggressive to other dogs may be a result of learning and genetic factors that affect the breed of your canine. At times, their aggressive behavior is also brought about by frustrations, anxieties, and dominance that your dog is feeling. The lack of exercise and other energy-releasing activities can lead to feelings of frustrations and anxieties to your dog.
Since they do not have any outlet for their energy, they tend to divert their attention to aggression instead. Meanwhile, if you as an owner lack calm and assertive leadership, or if you usually result to violence as a punishment, your dog will also develop this aggression.
Do I Need To Look Out For Some Signs And Symptoms If My Dog Is Aggressive?
Before your dog attacks another dog, there are predisposing actions that your dog will do first to alert you that he will become aggressive any time soon. Inter-dog aggression signs include growling, lip lifting, and snapping. Once your dog bites or lunges himself to another dog, it is already a form of aggression. If you notice your dog crouching, licking his lips, or tucking his tail under, then these are also signs.
Do not let yourself be fooled if you notice that they are fearful, backing away or having submissive body postures as these behaviors can be followed by a violent attack.
Can I Do Anything To Help Stop My Dog From Being Aggressive?
As in any problem there is always a solution. And yes, you can still do something to help your dog stop its aggressive behavior. Though it may be hard and time-consuming at first, all of your efforts will be worth it in the long run.
First, you need to understand that there is no medication or any other drugs to treat inter-dog aggression. The treatment is more on behavioral modification and prevention of situations that are likely to lead to dog aggression.
As an owner, you must know the causes to which your dog becomes aggressive. If you observe that he doesn’t like to play with a certain breed, or if he gets anxious when other dogs look at him, then it is best that you prevent such situations not needed. You need to know the signs and symptoms that your dog is exhibiting prior to any attacks so that you can actually help stop him from displaying negative It is also important for you to have knowledge on how to stop a dogfight quickly and safely without harming both the dogs and yourself.
When it comes to dog behavior modification, there is a need to train and teach your dog certain manners and commands that he needs to follow to avoid being caught up in an aggressive brawl. You need to teach your dog how to listen to your commands such as simple sitting and relaxing without using violent tactics. If you really want your dog to learn, then what you can do is to offer rewards instead such as giving him some treats if he was able to do something good or follow instructions correctly.
You will be able to know that a treatment has been successful if you can notice a decrease in the frequency of his aggressive behaviors. Once this negative behavior has been eliminated, you still need to continue with your treatment therapy, as there are instances of relapse. Hence, the treatment for behavior should be done as long as your dog lives.
I believe that managing the dog’s aggressive behavior is really on the hands of the owner as you are the one taking care of the dog and the one he is spending most of his time with. However, if your dog does not respond to what you are doing at all, then it is best that you call for professional help. Your veterinary may recommend a hormone therapy to treat the aggressive behavior. Your dog may be given progestins or megesterol acetate in addition to behavior therapy.
Once you go to a professional help, you should make sure that he is licensed and he understands the emotional factors accompanying your dog aggression. There are a lot of factors which can trigger your dog’s aggression, hence, he should be able to know and distinguish what these factors are to properly address the issues.
You should keep these in mind when dealing with dog aggressive behaviors:
1. Never use punishment or pain to manage your dog’s aggression, as this will only result to fear stress, or confusion. What is worst is that your dog may attack you to redirect your violent behavior towards him.
2. Never attempt separating brawling dogs by grabbing as this can also endanger you. You can think of other means to get their attention such as throwing stones next (NEVER DIRECTLY) to the place where they are fighting to startle them.
3. Never grab the victim of the attack as this will make the innocent canine helpless and trigger the attack again. Instead, you need to grab the aggressive dog and pull him away.