How do you know if a dog is aggressive?
Aggressive dogs are rare. Dog Aggression is not. Aggression most often occurs due to poor handling, putting your dog in a situation you are not ready for, or not respecting your dog. Motley Dog Training handles these factors by teaching you “how to drive your dog.” This process deals with most dog aggression issues, leaving only the truly feral dogs, the legitimately aggressive dogs or the anxious dogs that are aggressive because they are afraid. So, what is fear aggression?
Fear & Self Protection in dogs
The majority of persistent dog aggression problems are due to anxiety and fear. They are not the same thing. But, scaring or startling even a nice pooch can end in a dog bite. Confining a dog or corning a dog may result in fear and a nasty dog bite. If your dog is sick or injured you may be bitten due to a pain response or a perceived need for self-protection Beyond these occurrences of normal fear responses, you have anxiety.
Fear aggression in dogs
Fear aggression in dogs is an Anxiety Disorder, so please see also, Motley Dog How do you know if your dog is Anxious & Treatment for Anxious Dogs. Thank you. Here are some descriptions that may help you understand dog aggression and the body language of dogs that are aggressive.
How do you know if a dog is Aggressive?
Canines are masters of Non-verbal Communication: Good Video to watch. Your dog is telling you that you are doing it wrong or that you have horrible expectations of what they should put up with.
Motley’s check list
- Environment : is this a relaxing place for your dog or not?
- Freedom and opportunity to escape or defend. Is your dog able to leave the situation or not
- Respect for the dog and listening to the dog. It is always the dog’s choice. This is why we do not offer good citizen certs. Listen to and respect what your dog it telling you and others.
- Get to know your dog. If your dog is not a lady socialite, give the parties and puppy day care a rest. Respect your dog. No, not all dogs are social butterflies.
- Medical status and current injuries
If all the items on the list are adhered to and your dog still becomes aggressive. Contact Motley for help.
The conclusion is that if your dog is not put in a situation where fear is a smart choice, or they feel a need to protect themselves and your dog does not have dog anxiety (fear aggression) you are the proud owner of a truly aggressive dog.
Wolves and wolf dogs are great examples, do not believe for a second that wolves fear you or that they are unpredictable. They are smart and use aggression and avoidance to their advantage. They seem unpredictable because we do not understand how they communicate as well as we should. Feral Dogs fit into this category. Hybrid or wolf dogs tend to get confused between their dog side and wolf side and therefore are unpredictable, more fearful and more likely to suffer anxiety.
No fear, Motley Dog was a feral dog, and we have experience with other feral dogs, wild dogs and even wolves. We even have experience with aggressive people, so, we’ve got this.