Dog aggression – yes, it’s scary to see your dog act out aggressively, whether it’s to you, another member of your family, a friend, a complete stranger, or even another dog or animal. Dog aggression can range from simply showing teeth to a level 5+ bite that requires emergency medical attention. Team a major bite incident with a stranger or someone’s child and you could easily have a lawsuit on your hands. It’s important to understand that severe dog aggression issues will unlikely resolve on their own and can become much worse over time. However, this doesn’t mean you have to live in fear of or being around your dog for the rest of his or her life.
There are numerous causes of dog aggression with genes, heredity, and improper (or lack of) socialization during a puppy’s developmental stage (8-18 weeks of age) playing big parts. Hormones can also play a role if you have an unneutered male or female in heat. Aggression can also build if the dog has been (or is currently) abused or deals with excessive physical punishment, either from humans or even another dog.