Preventing Aggression in Dogs

Our dogs are part of our family, and we treat them as such. Nobody purchases man’s best friend thinking they are going to get bit by their most loyal companion, but it does happen. In fact, it happens more often than most people would think. Having an aggressive dog isn’t necessarily due to anything you are doing at the home.

Some of the most common reasons for dog aggression and dog bites are:

  • Possessiveness
  • Fear
  • Pain
  • Maternal Instincts

Dogs see humans as members of their pack and attempt to establish their place in the social hierarchy by challenging more submissive family members, especially children. When dogs show dominant gestures like growling while guarding their food dish, and they aren’t scolded for this behavior, they inch up in dominance surpassing certain family members.

black dog with leash looking to the side

It is important to have as much knowledge and information as possible when dealing with an aggressive dog. Here are some tips to prevent aggression and biting from your dog:

1. Having your dog neutered will decrease their aggression and bite related behaviors

2. Exercising and playing with your dog on a regular basis

3. Avoid aggression games such as wrestling and tug of war, which can lead to dominance issue

4. Establish more rules and boundaries in your home

5. Expose your Dog to social situations

6. Do not acknowledge pushy behavior

7. Make sure your Dog is living on YOUR terms

8. If you have children, educate them on the right way to act around dogs

9. Seek professional help from your veterinarian if aggression continues

Dogs need affection as much as the next human does, but they might share their affection differently than we’d sometimes like. With these tips in mind you will be able to lessen the amount of aggression your dog shows, therefore minimizing the random dog bite.

Nick Pullano

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Nick Pullano


Pets: I have a half border collie, half angel named Mikey.
Fun stuff: My dog's tongue is slightly longer than her face, so frequently her tongue sticks out a little even when her mouth is closed.

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