2017-09-12 / Front Page

Dogs and aggression

Aggression is a serious behavior problem for many dog owners. Behaviors such as growling, snapping or biting are upsetting and scary, and dogs of any breed are capable of aggression. While aggression cannot be cured overnight, there are steps you can take to stop it, whether it is aggression toward people or other animals.

Dogs who show sudden signs of aggression may have an underlying medical problem. Talk to your veterinarian to determine if this is the case for your dog. Treatment or medication may make big improvements in your dog’s behavior.

If you have ruled out a medical problem, it is time to call in a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. Because aggression is such a serious problem, dog owners should not attempt to fix it on their own. A professional can help you create a plan to manage your dog’s aggression.

Your first step is to figure out what causes your dog’s aggression. Some dogs growl when someone approaches them while they are eating or chewing a bone. Others react aggressively toward children, strangers, or other dogs and animals.

Now that you know what causes your dog’s behavior, you can avoid those situations. If he is aggressive toward strangers or other dogs, you can keep his exercise limited to your own backyard.

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