Aggressive Dog Behaviour Can Occur Even Without Direct Provocation Or Threat
There are undoubtedly countless stories of people who have been bitten unexpectedly by a dog. Usually, these stories go on to say that there was no reason for the dog to bite or no reason for such aggressive and potentially dangerous behaviour. While this may be true in an overt sense, i.e.: the person did not openly provoke or threaten the dog, it is likely that the dog was reacting to an instinctive or unintentional stimulus.
There are several reasons why a dog may bite and/or display aggressive behaviour to a stranger or to people it knows, including family members. Such motives may include:
- Protection of its own possessions (food, water, toys)
- Protection of its owner or the owner’s property
- Protection of its puppies
- provocation or fear
- Injury or illness
- Instinct/prey drive (stimulated by motion such as jogging, bike riding)
- Reaction to a loud noise or an aggressive act (even if meant as playful)
However, perhaps the most important factor or all-encompassing reason for aggressive dog behaviour and/or biting is a lack of proper training (or any training) by its owners.
When confronted by an aggressive dog displaying threatening or menacing behaviour, a number of safety steps or reactions can be taken or demonstrated to try and calm the dog and prevent possible injury/harm. Such actions, or non-actions, can be one or more of the following:
- Try to remain calm – agitation/animation can further encourage the dog
- Avoid loud screaming (in general or at the dog) as it can also embolden the dog
- Assume a motionless and rigid position with hands at your sides
- Turn/stand sideways to the dog and avoid direct eye contact
- Clench your hands into fists to protect your fingers
- Do not turn and run – this can actually incite the dog’s prey instincts
- Try to pacify the dog by offering an alternative object (water bottle, hat)
- Face the dog and give a stern and loud command to back away
- Take command of your space – place a stick, umbrella, cane, in front of you
- If possible, straddle/kneel on the dog’s back and press on the back of its neck
Unfortunately, the best behaved or friendliest dog can become aggressive and/or bite, even when apparently unprovoked. In the majority of cases, such behaviour can either be prevented or eliminated through the aggressive dog training programs provided by certified professionals such as the team from Alpha Paws.
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Aggressive behaviour can manifest itself in any number of ways, such as barking, growling, snapping/biting, and stiff posture, and can be aimed at people or other dogs.
Such types of aggressive behaviours can be prevented and/or discontinued by enrolling the dog in a specifically-designed aggressive dog training program. Our dog trainers team will first assess the external stimuli that can lead to aggressive behaviour, as well as any communication breakdowns between the dog and its owner family with respect to any training practices. Then a comprehensive and customized training program will be developed and delivered to curb the dog of its unwanted aggressive behaviour.
When the subject is aggressive dog behaviour, the best course of action is often one of prevention. Call the dog training professionals at Alpha Paws today at either 905-830-9500 or 1-877-868-PAWS (7297) to discuss the specific course of action to address any type of aggression from your dog or puppy.