Education for New Puppy and Dog Owners

Puppy Dog Articles

Causes of Dog Aggression

"a healthy dog or puppy will bring years of joy"

Thank you for visiting our website dedicated to puppies and dogs.

Puppies For Sale
Dog Breeders
Canadian Breeders
Dog Kennels
For Sale by States
 Crossbreed/Designer Dogs

Puppy and Dog Names
 Photos of Puppies & Dogs

Site Info

Home Page
Advertise Your Puppies
Contact Us
Pet Resources

Premium Breeder LogIn

 Link to PuppyDogWeb.Com


Dog, Care, Info and Resources for Dog Owners
Things you should know about your Dog or Puppy
Did You Know...
59% of those surveyed say pets are good for their health and the health of their family and help them relax. 40% say that owning a dog motivates them to exercise on a regular basis. Three-quarters of dog owners consider their dog like a child or family member and more than half of cat owners say the same (NPOS). From APPMA

Causes of Dog Aggression

Dog aggression can have many causes, many of them medical. Dogs may also become aggressive due to something they fear or mistreatment. While many dog breeds have reputations for being particularly aggressive, aggressiveness usually occurs as a result of medical problems, fear or mistreatment.

Medical Causes of Aggression in Dogs

Aggressive behavior includes any threatening or harmful behavior directed at other living things, including other dogs, cats and humans. Aggressive behavior can include snarling, snapping, biting, growling and lunging. There are more than fifty medical conditions that can cause aggressive dog behavior. Some of them are:

  • Hypothyroidism, a condition in which your dog's thyroid isn't functioning adequately or stops functioning altogether. This results in a deficiency of the thyroid hormone, which can cause major systemic problems and alter your dog's behavior. Hypothyroidism is easily treatable with medication.
  • Neurological problems, whether congenital or acquired, may be interfering with your dog's judgment and behavior. Head trauma, brain tumors and epilepsy can all cause aggressive dog behavior.
  • Behavioral seizures occur in the region of your dog's brain that controls aggression. Your dog may have mood swings and display sudden aggressive behavior. Breeds prone to this disorder include Springer and Cocker spaniels, bull terriers, poodles and golden retrievers.
  • Pain is also a major medical cause of aggression. When dogs are in pain, especially if the pain is chronic and severe, they may feel irritable and lash out.

Non-Medical Causes of Canine Aggression

If your vet has ruled out medical conditions that may be causing your dog's aggression, it's time to think of behavioral causes for the aggressive behavior. Some types of behavioral aggression include:

  • Dominance-related aggression is one of the most common types of canine aggression. Aggressive acts are directed towards members of the household in an attempt to establish dominance.
  • Territorial aggression is directed toward outsiders who approach the dog's territory.
  • Internal aggression involves territorial or dominance disputes between adult males.
  • Predatory aggression is directed toward whatever your dog might think of as his prey.
  • Fear-induced aggression occurs when a frightened dog feels cornered. This can occur when you approach a frightened dog. Mistreatment can inspire fear-induced aggression. Contact with active children can also cause this type of aggression.
  • Maternal aggression occurs when a Female Dog feels her puppies are threatened.
  • Redirected aggression occurs when a dog that is actively being aggressive redirects his aggression to another source, such as the owner who tries to restrain a barking dog.

Treating Aggression in Dogs

If the cause of your dog's aggression is medical, treating the underlying medical condition should solve the behavior problem. If not, a veterinary behaviorist can help you diagnose and treat your dog's aggressive behavior.

Your behaviorist will ask a lot of detailed questions about your dog's aggressive behavior, the circumstances surrounding it, and your reactions to it. Keep a journal of your dog's aggressive behavior; keeping track of the following:

  • The cause of the aggression
  • The frequency of the behavior
  • To whom it's directed
  • The specific behaviors
  • Your dog's posturing at the time

Treatment may involve behavior modification techniques, drug therapy and surgery. You may also want to employ avoidance techniques, such as using a head halter or keeping your dog confined when company comes over.

Related Articles...
What Is a Dog Whisperer?

What to Look for in Dog Obedience Classes
Can Bad Dog Behavior Be Treated with Medication?
6 Tips for Fixing a Dog Behavior Problem
Understanding Dog Behavior
Preventing Dog Attacks Caused by Canine Aggression
Seven Tips for Managing and Reducing Dog Fear
7 Ways to Calm an Aggressive Dog
Dog Training Tips for Aggressive Breeds
Six Reasons to Get Professional Dog Training
How to Stop Dog Growling
6 Causes of Dog Barking Problems
6 Unusual Facts About Dog Psychology
Controlling Dog Behavior Problems though Training
Using Xanax for Dogs with Anxiety Disorders

Healthy Puppy Check Up
Bringing Home Your New Puppy
Preparing for Your New Puppy
Training Your Puppy
Behavior Puppy Problems
Feeding Your Puppy
Healthy of Your Puppy
Christmas Puppies Behavior Problems
Cost of Owning a Dog
Dog Travel
How Old is Your Dog
Training Dogs
Choosing the Right Toy or Treat Contracts
Receipt & Holding
Dog Laws
When a Dog is a Lemon
Puppy Lemon Laws
Dog Bits
Health Articles
Dog Emergency's
Heartworm, Is Your Dog at Risk?
How old is Your Dog
Household Toxic Substances
Skunk Removal Formula
Traveling with your Pet
Shipping Your Puppy

Home Page

Cutest Puppies
"Vote for Your Favorite Puppy"

Puppies for Sale Rate Chart
We are one of the top websites directories for puppies for sale and dogs for sale from private dog breeders. The PuppyDogWeb.Com has been online for over 17 years and is dedicated to just dogs and puppies.

Privacy Policy - Cookie Policy

Copyright MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands All rights reserved.

PuppyDogWeb.Com is where you can learn about breeds of dogs and puppies, talk to dog breeders about their puppies for sale, see thousands of photos of dogs by viewers and find a name for your new puppy. We have been online since 1997 serving the community of dog people.
This Site is About: Puppies, Dogs, Dog Breeders,
Kennels, Dogs For Sale, Puppies For Sale