A dog is an instinctively aggressive creature.
In the wild, aggression came in very handy: dogs needed aggression to hunt, to defend themselves from other creatures, and to defend resources such as food, a place to sleep, and a mate.
Selective breeding over the centuries has minimized and refined this trait significantly.
But there is just no getting around it.
For dogs are physically capable of inflicting serious harm because that is how they survived and evolved.
And Mother Nature is pretty wily since it is hard to counteract the power of instinct!
But that does not mean that we, as dog lovers and owners, are entirely helpless when it comes to handling our dogs.
There is a lot that we can do to prevent aggression from rearing its ugly head in the first place.
Even if prevention has not been possible for whatever reason, there are still steps that we can take to recognize and deal with it efficiently.
Different Aggression Types
There are several different types of canine aggression.
The 2 most common ones are aggression towards strangers and family members.
You may be wondering why we bother to categorize this stuff.
After all, aggression is still the same regardless of who it directed to and henceforth we need to sort it out now right?
Well, not quite.
Both these aggression types originated from different causes and required different solutions.
1. Aggression Towards Strangers
What is it?
It is obvious when a dog shows its nerves towards people he never met before.
He becomes jumpy and on the alert.
Either he cannot sit still and is constantly fidgeting, leaping at the smallest sound, and pacing around barking and whining.
Or he is very still indeed, sitting rock-steady in one place, staring hard at the object of his suspicions.
It can be a visitor, the mailman, someone approaching him on the street while he is tied up to a table or vehicle.
You might wonder why does it happen?
There is one major reason why a dog does not like strangers.
It is because he is not used to be with them just a young child.
Remember, your dog is totally dependent on you to broaden his horizons for him.
As in being taken on lots of outings to see the world and realize for himself through various experiences.
The problem is what others and even his fellow dogs can adopt to, he may not be able to do the same.
What Can I Do About It?
The process of accustoming your dog to the world and all the strange people and animals that it contains is called socialization.
This is an incredibly important aspect of your dog’s upbringing.
In fact, it can be tough to overemphasize just how important it is.
Socializing your dog means exposing him from a young age to new experiences, people and even his fellow animals.
How Does Socializing Prevent Stranger Aggression?
When you socialize your dog, you are getting him to learn through experience that new sights and sounds are fun and not scary as he imagine.
It will not be enough to expose an adult dog to a crowd of unfamiliar people and tell him to relax.
Instead, he needs to do it as puppy for the lesson to sink in.
However if you cannot train him or he does not want to be trained that way for whatever reason, the next best alternative is to enroll him for puppy preschool.
This is a generic term for a series of easy group-training classes for puppies.
They are often performed at the vet clinic that provides additional benefit of teaching your dog positive association with the vet.
The only disadvantage is there are costs involved since you are outsourcing your dog to be better looked after by real professionals.
But if your budget is tight and you still want a better way, you may check out Secrets To Dog Training.
This is a complete owner’s guide to owning, rearing and training your dog with all aspects being covered.