Why Does My Dog Act Aggressively Around Other Dogs?
When dealing with dog to dog aggression, it is very important to listen to our dogs. There are many of different reasons why our dog(s) may act aggressively towards another. Below we will list some of the reasons.
- Your dog may be afraid.
- Your Dog may be stressed out because another dog is entering his/her space.
- Your dog may feel the need to be dominant.
- Your dog may be protective over you.
- Your dog may be very curious.
- Your dog may be overly excited.
A lot of the times, we may perceive our dogs being or acting aggressively when in fact, they are simply over stimulated, have too much energy, or they are simply interested in what is going on. Because of this, it is essential that we understand what it is that our dogs are feeling and what our dogs are trying to say.
Now that we have discussed some of the reasons why our dogs may act aggressively around other dogs, we will not discuss some of the tips that you can use in order to reduce the occurrences of this.
1. Be Calm And Decisive.
The first thing that you are going to want to be sure to do is be calm and decisive. Dogs are actually very sensitive and aware of what their human is feeling. Because your dog can pick up on different emotions and reflect your own emotions, it is important to always remain calm around your dog. A very common mistake that happens with owners that are walking their dogs is that they tense up on the leash and get fearful of what their dog are going to do. Because of this, the dog picks up on the energy you are putting out and becomes aggressive as a result to protect his or herself and the owner.
2. Ignore, Ignore, Ignore.
Another very solid tip to do when you are walking your dog outside is to ignore other dogs. By ignoring other dogs and moving along, you are going to be able to let your dog know that other dogs are not a threat to his or herself nor their owner. Do not let your dog sit there and stare at other dogs because it will trigger aggressive behavior in you dog. By not letting your dog get into this state of mind, you are going to help avoid aggressive behavior towards other dogs while out walking.
Don’t let your dog’s aggression issue keep you from going for walks or out in public with him or her. Seek the help of a behavior specialist to solve the problem.
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About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner of in Nashville, TN. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of Canine Behavior Specialists Network.