Conflict Aggression Is A Common Type Of Aggressive Behavior Encountered By First
Conflict aggression is a common type of aggressive behavior encountered by first-time dog owners. It may be due to a misreading of canine communication. Puppies show aggression when testing limits and establishing dominance within the family. This type of aggression quickly gets worse if you punish the dog. Puppy and adolescent dogs under a year of age are most likely to exhibit conflict aggression. Ninety percent of conflict-prone dogs are males that develop problem behaviors by the time they reach 18 to 36 months old. During the first trimester, female conflict aggression tends to develop. Conflict aggression can come from fear or disagreements that get out of control. It can happen when a dog feels threatened near its toys or food bowl. Causes of conflict aggression aren't always clear. A few common triggers include hormone imbalances and a change in temperament. There is no official diagnostic process to identify conflict aggression in dogs. A veterinary or dog behaviorist can help confirm the presence of irrationally aggressive behavior in a dog. Dog aggression cases can be handled by professionals. Patient and dedicated owners can work to prevent confrontations. Don't challenge the dog, and don't punish it. Aggressive pups need more than love and petting. They also respond very poorly to anger or frequent punishment. First-time owners who don't know how to address this situation will likely end up with an unhappy dog that never behaves well. Such pups are abandoned or re-homed when frustrated owners give up. . . .