Labradors are known for their loyalty, love and devotion. They have been bred to work together and they do so with great enthusiasm. Labradors are not only loyal but also affectionate towards each other. Their natural instinct is to protect one another from danger. They will often lie down next to each other when frightened or injured. However, there are some common dog breeds which tend to be less friendly towards one another. These dogs are called “fight” dogs. Some of these breeds include: German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans and Pit Bulls.
The reason why these types of dogs are aggressive towards one another is because they were bred to fight. Many times fighting between two different breeds results in injuries and even death.
When a dog bites someone it is usually due to fear rather than aggression. A dog will often attack to defend itself or its owner.
Some dogs can also be aggressive towards other animals such as cats or small creatures. It usually depends on the breed.
A lot of hunting dogs have a natural instinct to chase down smaller animals and seize them with their mouth.
There are several different reasons why your dog may be aggressive towards others. It could be due to bad experiences they have had in the past.
For example, if they were attacked by another dog when they were a puppy then they may become afraid whenever they encounter another dog. In this case, your dog’s aggression is perfectly natural and you shouldn’t really try to stop it from happening.
How can you tell if your dog is showing signs of aggression?
There are generally four types: threat, defensive, possessive and fear-based aggression.
Threat Aggression is when your dog will look like it is ready to attack. It may make eye-contact with you, stiffen its body, turn its head sideways and lift its lips up to show its teeth.
When this is about to happen you should back away so as not to trigger an attack.
Defensive aggression is when your dog feels threatened, such as if someone tries to grab it. The dog is likely to bite the person if they get too close.
Defensive aggression can be triggered by fear or pain. For example, if someone tries to touch a healing cut on your dog’s head then it may feel threatened and defensive towards that person. It’s best not to touch your dog when it has a cut or graze as their protective instincts will be heightened.
Possessive Aggression is when your dog gets angry or jealous if you pay attention to someone else. For example, if you’re paying attention to someone else and not your dog then your dog may become jealous and lash out.
You can prevent this from happening by making sure you give your dog enough attention. If your dog senses that there is a problem then it may become possessive of you. Let’s say your wife gets mad at you when you come home from work. You may find that your dog is acting more possessive of you and unwilling to let anyone touch you, this is probably because your dog senses your tension.
Fear-based aggression results from a natural fear of people or other animals. For example, if you approach a stray dog then it may bark and snarl at you.
These types of dogs are less predictable as they will attack anything that moves. It’s best to leave these dogs alone as they will probably attack anything that moves, including you.
How to train your Dog
Training your dog is an important part of being a dog owner. You need to teach it how to behave and what is and what isn’t acceptable.
However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Like children, some dogs are easier to train than others.
You need to find the correct approach with your dog. Some of them respond better to reward, whilst others respond better to punishment.
You need to spend time with your dog to figure out what works best for it.
It’s important that you remain calm and assertive whenever you train your dog. If you appear nervous or unsure about what you’re doing then your dog will pick up on this and it will have a negative effect on its behavior.
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