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Possessive aggression is a serious & rare condition in dogs. Sometimes dogs may show aggression but no dog owner should allow it, because it may hurt someone else. If your dog shows aggressiveness toward strangers you should take care of it at first, because over the time this problem will turn into a habit. However, dogs become aggressive because it’s their nature. In order to survive in this world, dogs often consider someone or something as a threat & that’s when they show aggressiveness such as barking or growling to keep those thing away from them.
Sometimes this dogs can scare your neighbors. You can set a fence which may help neighbors. But the best idea is to change this behavior in dogs.
Signs of aggression in dogs
- Too much barking
- Forcing everyone to stay away
- Abnormal body language
- Jumping off with complete force
What is food aggression in dogs?
When a dog is eating he/she may become very defensive & show aggressive behavior (growling, biting) to keep everyone away then this called food aggression in dogs.
Aggressive dog breeds
Many people often want to know what are the most dangerous dogs. here is the aggressive dogs list
- Siberian Husky: This breed weighs between 16 to 27 KG
- Bull Terrier: This breed weighs 22 to 40 KG
- German Shepherd: Weigh between 22 to 40 KG
- Boer Boel: Weigh between 50 to 90 KG
- American BullDog: Weigh between 27 to 58 KG
- Rottweiler: Weigh between 35 to 60 KG
- Pitbull Terriers: 14 to 30 KG
- Akita Inu: Weigh 34 to 54 KG
- Doberman Pinchers: Weigh 32 to 45 KG
- Caucasian Ovcharka: 50 to 90 KG
How you can correct this behavior
Dog are pack animals so they need someone to follow & obey. If you are a responsible dog owner then your dog will always follow your order. Remember your dog sees you as a leader. So if you are not good at providing proper leadership & guidelines then they may turn out to be aggressive.
As a dog owner & leader, you must teach which behavior is right and which is wrong. You should only allow the behaviors that you expect from the dog. However, if the dog is very stubborn then you better to take the dog to the vet.
Also keep in mind that, dogs who had earlier socialization tend to be less aggressive than the ones who never had. So if your dog missed socialization then you have to take the dog for socialization, so that they can overcome it naturally.
What you should not do?
Dogs are reward driven. Many times it is seen that when the dog is barking the owner is yelling at him. But yelling at the dog will never solve anything rather the dog will think that you are joining him, this way the problem will increase. Also, your dog will think that he’s getting a payoff for doing that, thus it can affect the surroundings. If the dog barks, you should never yell at him.
Dogs who show possessive aggressive tend to be very sensitive. These dogs take everything very seriously & often become too insecure deep inside, thus becomes aggressive or sometimes they want to possess another animal or human by showing aggressiveness. You have to control these types of dogs differently to overcome the problem. You can limit where they go or what they do. To get the best result it’s good to take the dog to the trainer. Also keep in mind that, if the aggressive level is medium then you can correct the behavior but if the level is too high then you should never try to correct this type of behavior because it may put you into a danger. First of all, always be aware of your own safety. Another important thing is there are many so-called dog trainers who will tell you to punish the dog for showing this type of behavior, so before going to any dog trainer make sure whether he is genuine or not.
How to deal with an aggressive dog
- Sincerety: You should always behave calm & sincere
- Put on a muzzle: this will stop the too much barking
- Crate your dog: If any aggressive occurrence happen
- Feed your dog by keeping yourself safe: Because your safety comes first
- Use head halter for the dog: If the dog is too stubborn
- Always be sincere with the dog: This may decrease aggressive incidents from happening
- Never yell at him: This will increase the aggressiveness
- Leash: When you take to walk
Medication for aggressive dogs
You can take help of medications to overcome this problem, but before you use medications it’s always suggested to consult with your vet at first. Your vet may recommend, Reconcile (Fluoxetine), Anafranil (Clomipramine) and Zoloft (sertraline) depending on the condition of the dog.
When a dog becomes out of control & nobody can correct the dog then euthanize is the only solution in which the dog is put to death.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.