When our dog is aggressive with other dogs, simple walking exercises turn into a nightmare both for us and our four-legged friends.
One of the most common issues an owner has to handle is when a dog is aggressive with other dogs. While we see it as “aggressive” behavior, it’s actually the dog’s reactive behavior that arises as a result of confusion, probably because your dog doesn’t know how to socialize with other dogs. What happens next is that your dog tries to get rid of the problem (the other dog), by putting his worst foot forward.
For dog owners, walking times become stressful. Such aggression causes us to wonder who truly is on the other side of the leash! Where did my sweet and affectionate puppy go?
The good news is that most cases of dog aggression can be solved. If the cause of it is the lack of socialization skills, then it’s important to focus on that. This is why the value of puppy classes shouldn’t be underestimated. If the classes are done professionally, they effectively teach dogs how to interact with other dogs properly. However, if classes aren’t conducted well, it can do the opposite and result in damage – but this is another story that I will tackle in a future post.
On the other hand, if you adopt an adult dog, he/she can be enrolled in socialization classes that are tailored to their unique needs. Not all dogs are the same, and they will have different needs and attitudes that you will eventually learn. Never believe other people when they try to give you a one-size-fits-all solution for dogs. Socialization classes will be developed based on an evaluation of your dog, assessing any weaknesses or challenges he has, in order to determine what his needs are.
Why is my dog aggressive with other dogs?
This is a question that you need to ask yourself, as well as the question that dog behaviorist will try to address: why is my dog aggressive with other dogs? Once we understand the reason behind your dog’s aggression, in most cases we’ll be able to resolve it. However, if we try to calm him down without truly understanding the reason for his behavior, the problem will never truly be resolved. We may succeed in reducing the behavior, but it’s just like placing a bandage on the wound instead of healing it.
Now, I invite you to ask yourself why your dog is aggressive with other dogs. If you have any questions, feel free to share it in the comments section here!