Puppy Aggression: What Is It?
Aggressive behavior is one of the most common dog behaviors. Dogs are social animals, which means they need to interact with others in order to survive. They do not like being alone or isolated from their friends and family members. Therefore, when they see another dog acting aggressively toward them, it causes fear and anxiety in them. This is why puppies behave aggressively towards each other as well as humans (and other dogs). Some of these aggressive behaviors include:
Rattling the head against another dog’s body, causing pain and possibly death. A puppy may bite someone if they make any sudden movements or appear to be trying to escape. If you notice your puppy is starting to growl at you, then it might be time to take him/her out for a walk!
A dog that snarls will usually try to intimidate its opponent into submission. Snarling is often accompanied by a growl. When a dog growsls, it means he/she wants to scare off or attack something.
Dog grooming includes brushing and combing the dog’s coat. Grooming may also involve licking ears, nose, lips and chin of the owner or another person. These actions indicate that the owner is pleased with his/her pet’s appearance and wants to show affection for it.
Aggressive Puppy Quiz: What Are The Aggressive Puppy Signs?
The first thing you have to do is determine whether or not your pet is acting aggressively on purpose or if it is just because he does not know any better. This may seem pretty obvious, but if the puppy has bitten someone, then there’s a chance that he’s aggressive on purpose. There are also situations where the dog may not act aggressively even though it means harm. For example, if someone is trying to take away one of their toys. If the dog bites that person, then it means that it has decided to defend its property.
Aggressive behavior in dogs is very common and most of the time, the animal does not know any better. This makes teaching them how to behave around other animals and humans very important. Remember that puppies cannot learn from experience if they do not have enough information from the situation.
In the case where the dog is biting someone because it does not understand that person’s actions, then it is up to the owner to teach them what is acceptable and what is not.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
Dogs bite for a number of reasons, but the most common are fear and aggression. However, there are other factors that you need to take into consideration before you can determine why your pet is biting people or other animals. Remember that the animal’s environment and experience with other animals/people will be reflected in the way it acts. If the dog has not had proper training, then you can expect it to be more aggressive. If you have multiple animals in your home, then make sure you know how they act around each other since fighting for dominance is a common occurrence.
Dogs are predators by nature. They may try to hunt or attack small animals that may invade their territory. Even if your dog is normally friendly, the animal may act defensively if you are in a place that it considers its territory.
This usually happens when a person is walking their pet. The dogs sniff each other and if they smell an intruder, then one of the animals may feel the need to attack.
Aggressive behavior is also common in male puppies around the age of six months. This is known as “rage syndrome” and it is perfectly natural for them to behave in such a way. Most of the time, it is triggered by the animal’s drive to hunt or its natural instinct.
Common Types of Dogs
There are three main types of dogs: big, medium, and small. The size of the dog will usually reflect the type of personality that the animal has. Bigger dogs are calmer than smaller ones.
Larger canines also need more exercise than smaller ones and can be harder to manage.
There are also differences between breeds. The type of breed can have an effect on the personality of the dog. For example, a hound dog is usually more focused on tracking a certain smell than it is on anything else.
Herding dogs tend to want to herd anything that moves. On the other hand, terriers tend to be feisty and determined when it comes to chasing and catching small animals.
Here are some of the most popular types of dogs in the world and what makes them unique:
Labrador Retriever: These dogs have a friendly personality and enjoy being around people. They tend to get along with almost anyone and are not usually aggressive. These types of dogs are also intelligent, extroverted, and outgoing.
Great Dane: These dogs are not usually as friendly as the labrador retriever and may take a while to warm up to strangers. They are also quite stubborn and independent. Despite their size, they can be very fast.
Doberman Pinscher: These dogs have a stronger tendency to be extroverted than the Great Dane and the labrador retriever. They are known to be fiercely loyal to their owners and will act aggressively if they feel that their owner is being threatened. They are quick thinkers and fast runners.
German Shepherd: These dogs are very smart and make for excellent guard dogs. They have a natural distrust of strangers and will act to protect their territory or family from any perceived threat.
Pug: These dogs are not as outgoing as the other dogs on this list and can be a bit more difficult to train. They can be stubborn at times but they do have a friendly approach to life.
Bulldog: These dogs are known to be very gentle giants. They tend to be very friendly but can be very stubborn at times. Despite their bulky frame, they can be very fast when they want to be.
Dalmatian: These dogs are very friendly and like the company of humans. They are not usually aggressive towards other dogs or people. They can also be a little clumsy at times, especially as puppies.
Boxer: These dogs are known to have a playful attitude and love to spend time with their owners. They are also very protective and will act aggressively if they feel that their owner is threatened.
Pitbull: These dogs are commonly used as guard dogs. They can be very intimidating to strangers, but they are usually friendly towards people they know. They can be stubborn at times, however, and can be quite energetic as well.
Dachshund: These dogs tend to be a bit more on the introverted side and prefer to avoid large groups of people. They are usually quite friendly to people they know and are also very intelligent.
Rottweiler: These dogs are very protective of their territory and usually act aggressively towards new people. They can also be stubborn at times but are very loving to people that they are familiar with.
Beagle: These dogs are very cheerful and playful and enjoy being outdoors. They have excellent senses of smell and tend to wander whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Boxer: These dogs have a playful personality and love to be outdoors. They are very energetic and will usually avoid sitting still for too long. Despite their large size, they can be quite nimble as well.
Bullmastiff: These dogs are very loyal to their owners and are great watchdogs. They tend to be quite friendly towards people they know but will act aggressively if they feel their owner is being threatened.
Mastiff: These dogs are among the largest in the world and require a lot of care. They are not usually very friendly towards new people but do become more friendly overtime. They are very protective of their owners and act very aggressively towards any perceived threat.
Greyhound: These dogs are renowned for their speed. They love to run and will try to outpace anything, even cars. Despite their size, they are quite friendly towards people and love the company of their owners.
Great Dane: These dogs are very friendly towards new people and love the company of others. They can be a bit clumsy at times, especially when they are younger. Despite their large size, they tend to relax and lounge around rather than act aggressively.
Bloodhound: These dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can track down just about anyone or anything. They are very methodical in their thought process and will analyze a situation before acting. Despite their size, they tend to relax and lounge around rather than act aggressively.
Saluki: These dogs are very friendly towards people they know and very extroverted. They love the company of others and are very expressive of their feelings.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever: These dogs love the water and will jump in any lake or pool that they come across. They are extroverted and very friendly towards people they know. They tend to be very protective of their owners and act aggressively towards anyone they perceive as a threat.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Addressing canine and feline aggression in the veterinary clinic (K Moffat – Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal …, 2008 – Elsevier)
- Aggressive behavior of dogs kept as companion animals: classification and influence of sex, reproductive status and breed (PL Borchelt – Applied Animal Ethology, 1983 – Elsevier)
- Effects of sex, age, and aggressive traits in man on brain serotonin 5-HT1A receptor binding potential measured by PET using [C-11] WAY-100635 (RV Parsey, MA Oquendo, NR Simpson, RT Ogden… – Brain research, 2002 – Elsevier)
- Relationship between aggressive and avoidance behaviour by dogs and their experience in the first six months of life (DL Appleby, JWS Bradshaw… – Veterinary Record, 2002 – veterinaryrecord.bmj.com)
- Dominance aggression of dogs towards people: behavior profile and response to treatment (S Line, VL Voith – Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1986 – Elsevier)
- Human directed aggression in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): Occurrence in different contexts and risk factors (RA Casey, B Loftus, C Bolster, GJ Richards… – Applied Animal …, 2014 – Elsevier)
- Aggression toward familiar people, strangers, and conspecifics in gonadectomized and intact dogs (P Farhoody, I Mallawaarachchi, PM Tarwater… – Frontiers in veterinary …, 2018 – frontiersin.org)
- Heritability of dominant–aggressive behaviour in English Cocker Spaniels (J Pérez-Guisado, R Lopez-Rodríguez… – Applied Animal …, 2006 – Elsevier)
- Comparison of cerebrospinal fluid monoamine metabolite levels in dominant-aggressive and non-aggressive dogs (IR Reisner, JJ Mann, M Stanley, Y Huang, KA Houpt – Brain research, 1996 – Elsevier)