An extensive in-home assessment is the first step in developing an individualized program to address your dog’s aggression. Programs vary significantly based on the individual needs of each client and his/her dog. Each situation is different because each dog has it’s own personality and the environment where the dog is living influences it. We work with all breeds and ages. The owner will learn how to reduce and prevent dog aggression towards people, animals, children and other circumstances that can trigger it.
We will determine if your dog has one or more of the following types of aggression and will work with you and your family to manage such behavior.
Types of Dog Aggression:
- Dominance aggression
- Fear aggression
- Territorial-Protective aggression
- Play aggression
- Possessive aggression and food-related aggression
- Predatory aggression
- Inter-dog aggression
- Maternal aggression
- Response (redirected) aggression
- Pathological/ Neurological aggression*
There are three general Categories of Dog Aggression:
- Towards Children
- Towards People
- Towards other Dog and Animals
What are the Signs of Dog Aggression?
The signs of dog aggression can vary significantly based upon the dog and the specific type of dog aggression that he is experiencing. Some of the most common signs of dog aggression include barking, lunging, snarling, growling, baring of the teeth, snapping and even biting.
What are the Causes of Dog Aggression?
While all dogs experience some nipping behavior as puppies, true aggression is much different. Regardless of the reason for the aggression, even if it stems from fear on the part of the dog, aggression in a dog can be very dangerous. It can be even more dangerous when the aggression stems from one of the more unpredictable forms. Common causes for aggression in dogs include fear, a desire to establish dominance, claim territory, pain or a desire to protect. Dog aggression can be also related to genetics, lack of socialization, trauma and medical conditions (please read below).
*Ruling out Medical Problems
As with any behavior problem with your pet, it is important to rule out any medical problems. In some cases, aggression can be attributed to pain in your pet or could be due to some other medical problem that could be resolved or at least aided. For example, if your dog is getting older and experiencing hearing or sight difficulties, this could result in a sense of insecurity and fear, which could in turn cause dog aggression. It is always a good idea to take your dog to your vet for a thorough examination to rule out any possible medical conditions.
Although aggression in a dog can be serious and dangerous, there are methods that can help your dog to overcome this problem and become better managed and controlled. Obtaining professional help can make life much easier for you as well as for your dog.