Dog Aggression

Dog Aggression

Help With An Aggressive Dog

Aggression is a common behaviour problem, that many owners seek help with. It will not go away if untreated, instead it often gets worse, becomes more frequent, perhaps getting more overt and the aggressive behaviour could generalise to other types of aggression, or it occurs in other contexts. Overall K (1997) indicates that early onset aggression cases that are left untreated, or are long duration, are more difficult to treat. Helping your dog to improve an aggression problem, may not be a quick fix, but worthwhile. Book a behaviour consultation today. Your dog needs your help, commitment and time.

Aggression is an appropriate, or inappropriate response to a threat or challenge, from the dogs perspective. It is a last choice. The aggression may be directed towards owners, people, dogs, family dogs, animals, visitors or other. Aggression may occur in particular contexts, or several contexts. The level of the aggression is relative to the intensity of the perceived threat. Overt behaviour is more obvious, but owners find that the dog is too aroused to learn. There is risk of injury.

How we respond to our dog, to address the aggression problem, can compound the problem, or help. It is important to learn and apply appropriate, ethical, compassionate and effective methods. Implementing strict management and safety.  

History, context, experience and many other important factors influence behaviour, in an aggression case with each individual dog. The more information you provide about your dog, the better the plan can be tailored. The type of aggression exhibited will influence methods used to help.There are many types of aggression. Here are a few: Maternal, play, fear, pain, territorial, inter dog, redirected, learned, possessive guarding, predatory, or protective. 

It is important to first eliminate, or diagnose any underlying clinical cause that affects behaviour, or causes your dog to display aggression. Your veterinarian can do this.

When our dog is aggressive it is very stressful for us as owners too. An owner may feel, embarrassed, overwhelmed, judged, don’t know how to fix it, frustrated, angry, worried they did something wrong, cross, or anxious. We aim to find methods to get the stress down for you too. I am not there to judge, but to explain facts from your dogs point of view. We can acknowledge history and as a smart owner, armed with new understanding and methodology, it is up to you to begin change.

Aggression is addressed with a thorough behaviour consultation package. To help you and your dog to resolve the aggression behaviour problem, a behaviour modification plan is tailored to your dog, aggression type and circumstances. It will require your input, dedication and developing the plan with supported guidance.

References: Overall K (1997) Clinical Behavioural Medicine for Small Animals. Mosby.