Types Of Dog Aggressions
Dogs have their own set of behaviors, instincts, and rules that are completely separate from our own. Despite this, we live in close contact with them, sometimes putting ourselves in situations we don’t realize can be dangerous. Even dogs that seem friendly or have no history of aggressive behavior are capable of biting under certain circumstances. That’s why it’s so important to learn as much as we can about the right way to interact with dogs. Understanding dog body language is a key way to help avoid being bitten. Knowing the signs that dogs give to indicate that they’re feeling anxious, afraid, threatened or aggressive.
To avoid injury from dogs you have to recognize and understand different type of aggressions:
There are several types of aggression: defensive (Induced by fear, pain, or punishment), dominant; possessive; territorial; intra-sexual (male-to-male or female-to-female), predatory, or parental. Also keep in mind that dogs could exhibit more than one type of aggression.
These dogs are characterized as confident and macho. They stand tall up on their toes and their ears are up and forward. They carry their tails high and wag it slowly and stiffly from side to side. They often stare and begin a low growl with their lips pursed and teeth exposed. Dominant-aggressive dogs are demanding of attention; they demand to go outside, demand excessive affection, possessive of their sleeping areas, and stop eating when being approached. Many of these dogs will not obey submissive commands like “down” or “wait”. Males lift their legs on everything, even in the house, even if their bladder is empty.
These dogs are much more ambivalent in their behavior. They display submissive body language with their ears back, they avoid direct eye contact, they lower their head and body, tuck their tail between the legs, and they lick strangers hands and roll over to expose their bellies. They resist handling and don’t like to be groomed; they often shy away from human hands. These are the fear-biters; they could bite if cornered and will often bite at people who turn and walk away.
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