Do you the signs of an aggressive dog? Do you know why dogs are aggressive in certain situations? There are different types of aggression in dogs, and some you may not be aware of. Once you know the signs of an angry dog and know why they are upset, then you can work on helping them overcome their aggression.

Aggressive Dog Body Language

Just like humans, dogs have non-verbal ways of showing their feelings. Pay attention and learn the signs of aggression so that you can calm your pooch and de-escalate the situation.

  • Stiff body posture
  • Ears are either pinned back or standing straight up
  • An intense stare
  • Growling
  • Baring teeth or curling lips
  • an upturned nose caused by lifting their lips to bare their teeth
  • Hair standing up on the neck
  • Stiff and straight tail
  • Wagging the tail only at the tip
  • A tense, square, and quiet stance
  • Neck is slightly lower than the shoulders and head is lowered and stretched out
  • Snarling
  • Bites of different intensity (from light snipping to puncturing bites)

It’s important to recognize the aggressive signals your pooch is displaying, and then be aware of their warning.  If you can, calmly remove your dog from the situation immediately.  Then work on the appropriate behavioural training or make the necessary adjustments to prevent a similar situation in the future.

Types Of Dog Aggression

There are different reasons that dogs may be aggressive, and I’m sure you can sympathize with your pet for them.  However, you do need to understand why they are aggressive so that you can help them overcome it and for both pooch and humans to live happily and peaceful together.

Possession aggression or food aggression

Possession aggression or food aggression in dogs

Dogs can show or be aggressive when they are protecting something that is valuable to them such as food, toys, a bed, or their personal space. This may be more evident in some breeds than others. There are ways to train your dog not to show possession aggression.

Fear aggression in dogs

Fear aggression in dogs

Fear is the most common aggression in dogs, and indeed, it can also be the root of other forms of aggression. It usually will first show in pups under 18 months of age. You’ll need to find out why your dog has a fear reaction and then you’ll be able to learn to calm your pooch.

Leash aggression

Leash aggression

Also known as on-leash reactivity, your usually-happy pooch may become aggressive when they are put on a leash and encounter another dog. There are many reasons for this that range from not being appropriately trained to walk loosely on a leash to fear.

Social aggression in dogs

Social aggression

Usually arising from instinct, social aggression can result from territorialism, social rank, resource guarding, and fear.

Pain-induced aggression

Arthritis, toothache, brain damage, hypothyroidism, and many other conditions can cause a dog to be aggressive.

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Accelerate the Training & Rehabilitation of Dogs with Aggression & Reactivity Issues

Now that you know some of the types of dog aggression, check back with us next time for a tutorial on how to stop dog aggression towards other dogs.

Also Read: Picking The Best Place To Train Your Dog

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Types of Dog Aggression & Signs To Watch For