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Did you know that approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur annually in the United States?
Not surprisingly, children make up the majority of dog bite victims, with 70% of these dog bites involving a child’s head, neck or face. When dogs bite people, other animals, or are generally aggressive towards either, it presents a real danger to both the animal and all those s/he comes in contact with. This includes not only the danger of physical harm, but also the risk of lawsuits filed against the owner and even the threat of having to put your dog down.
This is not to mention the other serious and devastating consequences of having an aggressive animal. For example, you feel scared to be around your own dog, you can’t take your dog anywhere because you fear they will hurt someone, you can’t control your dog and by extension your home environment, and so much more.
If you have a dog that shows aggressive tendencies, acts violently toward other animals or people, or has already bitten someone, researching dog training is the first step in the right direction. “Dog aggression” is a specialty of Absolute K-9, and our comprehensive training programs have very high success rates.
FACT: Many training centers will not take on aggressive animal cases. Absolute K-9 is different. We are trained and experienced in handling aggressive animals and are able to help curb these violent behaviors in dogs. In fact, we are known for our exceptional ability to handle cases of canine aggression. To speak with one of our certified trainers today, please contact us at (800) 961-6442.
Read on to learn more about some of the causes of dog aggression, the different types of dog aggression, symptoms of aggression and some steps you should and should not take when handling a dangerous dog.
Causes of Aggression
Genes and heredity are thought to have a large influence over the development of canine aggression. For example, dogs that have been bred for aggression, such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, may be more prone to develop aggressive behaviors than breeds that have not been born with this trait. (This is not to say, of course, that all members of these breeds will display aggression). Furthermore, over-breeding and inbreeding can lead to unstable temperament in dogs.
In more situational cases, aggression can be the result of hormones in unneutered male dogs, and females that are nursing, in heat, or having a false pregnancy. Environment is another key factor in the development of aggression. Animals who have been kept (either currently or with a past owner) in poor living situations are also more prone to develop aggression.
The following environmental conditions can increase the risk of aggression in dogs:
When a dog establishes “alpha” or leader status among their human family, this can snowball into more serious aggressive issues down the line. Dogs are social animals that follow pack order within their “family.” This order is established and maintained primarily by body language. When a dog enters a “new pack” (i.e. your family), they will try to determine where they rank among the family. If a dog displays dominant behaviors and is not corrected, they may eventually believe they have established dominance over their owner and other members of their “pack.” Later on, aggression may surface as a dog defends his or her perceived alpha status.
Frequent Question: At what age should my dog be to begin training?
Answer: Any age is fine to start training a dog, however, the optimal age for a puppy is at 8 weeks old.
This is another reason why it is so important to seek dog training early, before aggression develops, so that you can learn how to establish yourself as the pack leader and prevent aggression and other behavioral problems with your dog.
Types of Aggression
Dogs can display several types of aggression including:
A dog may display one or more of these types of aggression simultaneously or at different times in their lives. In many cases, a dog displays one of the first two types of aggression alone or in combination with one or more of the latter types of aggression.
Symptoms and Signs of Aggressive Tendencies in Dogs
While the following dog behaviors do not always indicate that a dog is going to be aggressive, these are some signs and symptoms that may alert you to aggressive tendencies in your animal. And remember, it is always better to seek the help of a professional dog trainer before your dog develops more serious behavioral problems. Any of the behaviors below would certainly warrant help from one of our international certified trainers:
If you are concerned about active or developing aggression in your dog, the best thing you can do is seek the help of a qualified trainer as soon as possible. Please contact Absolute K9 today to speak with a trainer skilled in handling cases of aggression. Your first consultation is free and we guarantee that we can help your dog.
“Investing in professional canine training is the single most responsible thing you can do for your dog and your family.” -Mike Stone, Absolute K9
Just because you want your dog to be well behaved doesn’t mean it needs to break the bank. Absolute K-9 and Snug Pet Resort are the only dog training facility in San Diego to offer 0% financing for dog training. Taking advantage of our financing offer means that after the expense of purchasing a puppy or adopting a dog, you can immediately enroll them in training courses.
Want to hear what our satisfied clients have to say about us? From LaDainian Tomlinson to the local Thompson family, we’ve made owners, families and their MVPs (Most Valuable Pets) very happy and healthy.
We believe that in an ideal situation, it is much better to be proactive in your dog training by teaching the right behaviors before bad behaviors begin.