Stop Your Dog Being Aggressive To Other Dogs

Stop Your Dog Being Aggressive To Other Dogs

As embarrassing as it can be for owners, many people accept that a little aggression between dogs that are unfamiliar with one another is inevitable and something that we must simply endure, but this isn’t necessarily true. Your dog’s aggression towards other dogs can be a result of a manner of different problems, but it is important to know that you can take steps to prevent this. Following these tips, you may be able to change your dog from aggressive and unfriendly, to calm and friendly.

What Makes My Dog Aggressive to Others?

Dog to dog aggression can be a result of a number of different factors, but most commonly occurs out of fear or a desire to protect you. Even though neither of these reasons have malicious intent, it is still important to teach your dog that the aggression is wrong. Your dog may also be aggressive as a result of frustration or irritability as a result of lack of exercise. Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s breed does not necessarily make it more aggressive than any other dog- just like humans, every dog is different depending on how it has been brought up. The only significant difference is that larger dogs, due to their size and strength, are likely to cause more damage than a smaller dog when they become aggressive. This means that it is vital that you know exactly how to safely control the strength of a larger breed before buying one as a pet.

How Can I Prevent The Aggression?

Depending on the root cause of your dog’s aggression towards other dogs, different actions will be required. However, in order to appropriately deal with the situation when it occurs, you should take these steps:

Remain Calm and Assertive- No matter how angry you are at your dog for their aggressive behaviour, shouting at them will only worsen their aggression. Hold your dog back firmly (don’t tug suddenly as this may also distress them) and calmly walk on.

Block Their View Of The Other Dog- If your dog cannot see the other dog, they are likely to calm down. If it is not possible to move your dog completely out of sight, simply stand in front of your dog’s face to block their view. This may also calm them as they realise there is no need to become aggressive.

Create Neutral Meeting Experiences- Making your dog familiar with meeting other dogs is likely to reduce their levels of aggression as they learn that it is unnecessary. Try to introduce your dog to other dogs in a controlled and calm environment as much as possible and as young as possible to get them familiar with meeting new dogs.

Entertain Your Dog- This is incredibly simply, but ensuring that your dog is well-walked and entertained will mean that they are content within themselves, thus are less likely to become frustrated and aggressive towards others.

As with any type of training, training your dog to become less aggressive towards others will take some time, but perseverance is key. If after some time your dog’s aggression has not improved, you should seek veterinary advice as it could be possible that there is an underlying health issue that is affecting their mood, rather than simply behavioural traits.