Aggressive dogs can be a severe problem and is the most common cause of them being abandoned by their owners.
The first stage in addressing aggression is to identify when your dog is being aggressive or more importantly about to be aggressive. Your understanding of your dog will be the best way for you to tell but here are some common signs, such as:
4. Curled lips showing teeth.
5. A tense, menacing and slow posture.
6. The hair on their back being raised.
When humans smile and show teeth it is a friendly sign. However, dogs only show teeth in aggression. If you think a dog is smiling at you then you are wrong and most likely about to get snapped at.
To address the problem you first have to understand why your dog is being aggressive. This comes back to the natural instincts of dogs and the alpha male. If a dog does not know what to do it will either run or turn aggressive. You as the alpha male must take the lead and show your dog what to do. In your absence or absence of direction your dog will have to choose for itself what to do (ie either run or fight).
The natural instinct of a dog is to protect its pack. The alpha male does this but if the alpha male (ie you) does not appear to be doing this then your dog will assume that role and start making the decisions. Therefore, when they become aggressive or shows signs of starting to be aggressive, you must take the lead. Often a simple correction of its behavior will suffice and they will relax in the confidence that you as alpha male are in control of the situation.
With this in mind you should try to avoid punishing them for being aggressive as they were only trying to protect their pack in the absence of proper leadership from the alpha male.
With aggressive behavior more than any you need to ensure your body language is correct. If you sound in control but do not look in control then your dog will only get half the message.
At a young age dogs are unquestionably to be aggressive. There is just too much of the world to see, explore and play with to bother being aggressive. Aggressions tend to come with age and unfamiliar circumstances.
Here, one of the best ways to control aggression is to start identifying what circumances make your dog aggressive. Once you know this you can start familiarizing them with these circumstances and showing them how to behave properly. This is generally called socialization and should ideally start at puppy stage. A puppy that has spent a lot of time with other dogs and humans is seldom aggressive in elder life. Its never too late to train an older dog and believe when I say you can teach old dogs new tricks – it just takes a bit longer!