Normally, when we think of dogs the image of a cute, loving, best friend comes to mind. Sometimes though our canine counterparts can show a darker side through growling, barking, snarling or in the worst case, biting. This does not indicate that you have a dangerous pet or that you are a mean caretaker. Statistics show that around 40% of dogs have, at some point, shown signs of dog aggression or growled/snapped at their owner.
Dogs do not have a switch that randomly flips from “nice” to “aggressive” without reason. There are several levels of dog aggression and some are perfectly normal in certain situations. Typically, our dogs are convinced they have a valid reason to lash out when they do. If your furry friend is suddenly aggressive and displays a notable change in behavior then you should always contact your veterinarian immediately as this could be brought on by internal pain or a health condition.
Constant dog aggression can be a tricky thing to cure and will usually require the help of a professional trainer (We know a great one!).
To help you better identify the scale of aggressive behavior in your dog we have compiled 5 basic types of dog aggression and some simple tips on dealing with each one.
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