You get friends for dinner, uncles and aunts for a coffee, and your dog starts to snarl at them, even if he has seen them before? Fortunately, there are some solutions to make it more comfortable with your guests and don’t become agressive!
Some dogs don’t tolerate the presence of others at home. This is the case of Honny. Outside his immediate circle, he isn’t comfortable with those who come to his territory, even if he has seen them several times. It’s usually men who scare him the most, against whom he grumbles as they approach him. When this kind of situation occurs, we give him time to tame this new guest, leaving him alone in his corner, while ensuring that the situation does not escalate.
If it’s necessary to impose rules on your dog and not to let him grumble against your friends, they must also respect his fears and not to approach him, or his bowl or his basket. Little by little, Honny ended up relaxing and approaching, or even letting himself be caressed! Be attentive to your animal, know recognize a reaction of fear or surprise. Better to be certain that his reaction can’t result in a bite.
What to do?
If you’re faced with this kind of situation, consult a dog behaviorist, who will help you help your dog. Maybe these are just small things that are easy to adjust and will allow you to better experience the presence of strangers at home.
In the meantime, if your companion can not control his aggression, you can install it in another room, alone, quiet and with his business for the duration of the visit. It will probably not be a pleasure for him, but it is a solution that can be temporary.
Finally, if your dog is likely to bite, suspend the visits time to see a dog trainer, to avoid taking the slightest risk and cause an accident. On the other hand, if your pet has already bitten someone, you can teach him to wear a muzzle when in contact with the world. It will avoid the danger for others, but also for him because a biting dog can be euthanized.
Aggression in dogs
There are different types of aggressiveness, which must be recognized to respond as best as possible.
- By possessiveness: when someone approaches the food source or a member of his “clan”.
- Territorial: this is the case of canids whose mission is to keep the house. It joins the possessiveness, but it’s directed on the place. The dog then prevents the arrival of an intruder but isn’t supposed to attack him physically.
- By predation: it concerns mostly hunting or herding dogs, which have a strong predatory instinct.
- For fear: it’s a reaction difficult to prevent and therefore to control.
- Irritation: it is caused when the dog is exhausted. It can occur with children if they don’ know how to decipher the signals sent by the animal to indicate that it wishes to be quiet.
- Kindergarten: when a mother protects her little ones.
- Because of the pain: the dog can become aggressive to protect himself and adopt an attitude of survival, even if he’s usually calm and very kind.
To prevent a dog from developing aggressive behavior, it’s necessary to prevent situations that could be at risk, especially if he has already had bad experiences in the past. Then, a good socialization from a young age is necessary to help him to apprehend the contact with other dogs, but also with the humans. Appealing to a dog behavior professional can help you in these steps.
Developing mutual trust is also essential. Have faith in your dog and he’ll trust you too and will trust you, even if he would at first tend to be aggressive, he will know that there is no danger if you show him.
Finally, read the warning signs that it sends when it is uncomfortable in a situation, before it gets worse, such as grunts, barking or licking truffle fast and repeated.
Aggression can develop in dogs for several reasons, but it is not irremediable and can be controlled, with some tips or help from an outside person.