Without a doubt, an aggressive canine is probably a threat to everyone. It is not only an issue that needs scrutiny from a qualified dog behaviorist but also there is more to dog aggression that most people have not realized. Aggression is among the common behavioral problems that are observed in canines. This is one of the main reasons why many dogs are killed humanely and some are abandoned in shelters. Altogether, aggression is also one of the most misinterpreted topics in the canine world. We are here to explain and dismiss all the common myths about canine aggression.
A “good” canine is one that is never aggressive.
Similar to tail wiggling or getting rid of unwanted objects from the body, the aggressive character is a completely common way of dog communication. Your canine cannot be clear and talk to you when they are frightened, stressed up or furious. Attacking someone when they are furious is the only way they can express themselves to make you interpret how they feel. Grunting, barking, snatching and even biting are all common methods in which canines cool down disagreements. Even the most submissive dogs who often spend time with humans have been seen to make use of aggression sometimes.
Aggression occurs when it is least unexpected.
When humans say a dog assaulted them unexpectedly, all they mean is that they were not understanding the canines’ body language. Canines hardly attack someone without cautioning. (The only exemption is if the canine has brain problems that distort their intellectual ability). A canines’ aggressive character is always as a result of provocation, and once one understands what is provoking the dog, you can know how to handle their attitude. As opposed to what many believe, canines are to a certain extent good at passing information when they are uncomfortable in non-aggressive manners. The problem is, people are not good at understanding those signs before the situation gets out of hand.
Before a canine charge at you, their body language shows what is in their minds. Gapping their mouth, lip licking and lack of eye contact with someone are all signals of a traumatized canine. Their bodies become stiff and their eyes are wide open and steady. These signals might be complicated to the human eye, but when you understand what to look for, aggression is the most probable dog character there is.
An aggressive canine is always an aggressive one.
Most people think that once a canine begins to express aggressive character, they are not any safe to be around. This form of thinking is what makes many lively, social canines to be taken to shelters and on mercy killing lists. A canine might grunt at a groomer who advances at them with nail clippers, but that form of scared aggression does not usually transform into other parts of the canines’ life.
In this scenario, the situation is important. Once the provocation is gotten rid of (in this scenario the trigger is the groomer getting ready with the nail clippers), many canines will return to their normal, social selves. They are aggressive when nail clippers come in because they have come up with a negative reaction to having their nails cut short, however, they do not have issues with getting along with humans on a normal basis. Their aggression does not describe them, and they do not need to be surrendered because of the misinterpretation that it does.
All aggression is similar.
Aggression in canines is usually interpreted as a set of characters that are meant to frighten or endanger another animal or human. It begins with caution, like grunting or seizing and builds up into a threatening physical dispute. The physical conduct may be similar from one canine to another but it does not imply that all canine aggression is the same.
There are various types of dog aggression. For example; trauma-evoked aggression, fright aggression, boundary aggression, predatory aggression, protective aggression, and affliction aggression. To know which type of aggression a canine is expressing, one should have an idea of what occurred before the attack, what/who provoked the aggression and what caused it to calm it. The only approach to help a canine deal with their behavioral problems is to understand what provoked it in the first place.
Aggressiveness in dogs is inborn.
Some canines indeed have a genetic structure that makes their character more confident than the rest, but hardly does is transform into aggression. People like to accuse nature of a canines’ aggressive character, but the honesty is, tamed canines are not innately aggressive towards people. Aggression is something that they pick up as they grow through the experiences they face. Some canines do it as a protective measure to keep the most probable dangers away, some shift to grunting and seizing because of certain actions that occurred before. Whichever way, something occurred that made them believe that attacking someone when they are intimidated is the best /only way out to a particular issue.
Some dog breeds are more aggressive than others.
Currently, pit bulls suffer the judgement of delusional stereotypes as opposed to Rottweilers, Dobermans, Mastiffs and even German Shepherds who suffered in the past. There has been much scientific research on the issue proving assertive character is just as probable in “family-friendly breeds as it is for certain species of dogs that are not allowed in cities and public housing. The confused belief that aggressive dogs exist makes many of the dogs to be taken to the shelters and mishandled by humans who do not comprehend them.
Aggression is only an issue in senior canines.
If you have ever had your ankles bitten by a bubbly Chihuahua, you already know young canines are likely to be more assertive as senior dogs. Little dog breeds have a problem referred to as “Napoleon Syndrome”. It is not a medical issue, but this is what occurs when small canines over reimburse for their size by biting someone with aggression.
Bites from smaller canines do not cause much damage as compared to bites from big dogs but this does not imply that small canine assertiveness does not matter. Many small pet owners consider it adorable when their little ones “act all tough”. On the other hand, bites from little canines are painful and there is a probability they could become infected. Lack of consideration of the assertiveness problem in little breeds of dogs is not only helping the canine but also not helping your ankles.