Dog Behaviors Problem
Many people consider dog behaviors as natural as; barking, digging, tearing things to pieces with their teeth or even biting as conduct problems. The problem is that the owners don't know in what moments or circumstances and with which intensity those conducts are considered abnormal.
Then, the dog's behavior is problematic only when the owners consider it so. If for any reason you are worried about something your dog does, act quickly. Ask the veterinary to recommend you a specialist in canine conduct and set an appointment with him as soon as possible. The first step to solve a problem is to find out its causes and apply correct dog behavior training.
Dog's DEFENSIVE STRATEGIES
When a dog feels threatened, it resorts to one of these four defensive strategies: running away, fighting, immobility or adulation. Meaning that the dog can run away in the opposite direction, adopt an aggressive attitude, and remain totally immobile hoping for the enemy to walk away or show submission with the purpose of soothing the anger of the enemy by lying on its coat or grabbing a toy for example
. The strategy chosen in each case will depend on various factors such as the dog's breed, its previous experiences and the concrete situation in which the conflict took place.
These defensive strategies are used during their whole life. In general, the conduct problems are produced when the dog uses these strategies in an excessive way. The most serious of the conduct problems is the permanent aggression, caused by an excessive use of fighting.
AGGRESSIVE Behavior PHASES
Normal dogs behave on an aggressive way only when they feel threatened and they only attack after warning numerous times that are ready to do it if they have to. This warning is usually progressive, it means, the dog threatens with more explicit gestures every time if it notices the person hasn't realized the danger with the previous gesture. How to stop dog biting visitors? Keep reading...
Dog Growls. A growl is a warning. When the dog feels in danger, the first thing it normally does is to remain immobile, even when it may be just for a single second. Humans don't usually understand this warning and the dog, noticing that they are not getting back, decide to use growls to make them be understood better.
Dog Growling and showing its teeth.
This is the next step. If the dog hasn't frightened away the one that is scaring them, it will add visual signs to the additive ones. Generally, is the dog is showing itself aggressive for fear, its ears are pointing brown and back and the edges of its lips are contracted (like smiling) to show as many teeth as possible. The tail will remain down or even hidden between the legs. If on the contrary, the dog is assertive and feels secure of it, then maybe its ears will be pointing up and to the front, the tail up and it will show only its front teeth and it will wrinkle the snout instead of contracting the edges of its lips to show them.
Threatening. If the danger continues, the dog walks to the person that is threatening it, giving bites to the air to show what it is going to do if he doesn't get back immediately. Normally, after each bite, it will get back again.
If none of the previous strategies were effective, it is possible that the dog is ready to attack. The seriousness of its bite will depend on the number of warnings it has made, the breed and the type of dog, the circumstances in which the attack takes place and if the dog was trained to bite or not.
AGGRESSIVE Dogs against HUMANS
A dog that shows itself aggressive with human is dangerous. If your dog growls in a threatening way, shows you its teeth, threatens you or bites you or any other person, those are enough reasons to worry. Especially if the dog will interact with children; in this case, try to get your dog a muzzle or to lock it in its kennel or portable cage while you look for help.
If a dog growls, it is clearly telling you that it wants you to get back for any reason. Even if you are human, it is the dog that has fangs, so leave your love on the side and obey. It is very frequently for the dog owners to think that they must leave victorious from the conflict and the only thing they get is to be bitten. If a dog shows aggression, think what could be the causes of that. There may be something scaring it. If your dog does this, ask a veterinary or a specialist on canine conduct for advice with no delay.
AGGRESSIVE Dogs against OTHER DOGS
Dogs can show themselves aggressive with other dogs in many ways. For example, it is natural for an adult dog to mark (correct) a puppy if it tries to get out of line. In fact, this dog is making its owner a favor (as long as there is not blood involved). And there is also no reason to alarm scuffles between male dogs if they are occasional because they are aimed to clarify the hierarchical position of each one of them. Now well, it they are frequently produced or they are more aggressive than they should, then it is time to ask for an expert's professional help.
The reduced percentage of dogs that bit humans show, without a doubt, that they are the kindest and most forgiving of the planet.
W. R. Koelher, The Koelher Method of Dog Training, 1997.