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Most Common Types Of Dog Aggression


Decorative Curiosities Staff
Updated: Jun 17, 2024

Aggression in dogs is quite common. However, it can be more dangerous than you think. You might see multiple types of aggression in a canine. Don't worry!! Experts have brought the solution. They can suggest numerous treatment plans to control a dog’s aggression. Dogs can show aggression for multiple factors. They might be going through some hormonal changes. They might get traumatised for some reason. However, before treatment, you should know your dog's aggression. It's quite important. Your dogs may show in less barking, biting, or snapping. You can talk to a vet. Or, you may go to a behaviourist. Below is the list of aggressions your dog may show. Check them out.

01.Maternal Aggression
01.Maternal Aggression
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Has your dog given birth recently? If yes, then the dog can be aggressive to protect its babies. Maternal aggression is quite significant in the world of animals. The dog might be a gentle creature. But, if it feels threatened, the aggression can be quite dangerous. Don’t get me wrong. Does your female dog have pseudopregnancy? It can also end up in aggressive behaviour. In such a case, talking to a vet is very necessary. On the other hand, you can give your pet its favourite treats. The treats will come down the dog for some time.

02.Possessive Aggression
02.Possessive Aggression
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Possessive aggression is quite common in dogs. This aggression is also known as resource guarding. It's a thing that siblings know quite well. For example, your mom made a dish everyone loves. Now you are sitting with yours. Suddenly your brother tries to take it. Naturally, you will become aggressive to protect it. This also happens with dogs. Someone may try to steal its possession. That is why the dog becomes quite aggressive. It feels threatened. They take it as an offence during their moment of joy.

03.Ritualized Aggression
03.Ritualized Aggression
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Ritualized aggression comes as a warning. Ritualized aggression contains certain signs. The dog will do some postures like direct stairs, head and tail up, etc. All these symptoms suggest that you should back off immediately. Otherwise, something worse will happen. Often, ritualized aggression is more about miscommunications. You should be very careful to avoid any conflict.

04.Social Aggression
04.Social Aggression
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Your canine may be unaware of socialising. So, it can’t play nice among others. That is why, you should train your pet dog in a park at early stages. Otherwise, your pet dog can show poor communication skills. That includes overreactions and mean bullying. Dogs of the same sex can show more social aggression than other dogs.

05.Fear-Based Aggression
05.Fear-Based Aggression
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Fear-based aggression is quite a concern. Do you rehome a dog with an abusive past? If so, the dog may react negatively in its new world. Because the canine can’t forget its past traumas and punishments. It can show multiple signs of past abuse. For example, it does not come to you easily. It remains sad most of the time and more. Just like humans, dogs can react negatively to unfamiliar situations or people. They also can be traumatized by anxiety. That is why, a scared and traumatized dog often shows aggression. The unfamiliar environment scares them more. At that moment, the dog has no go. You can see so many body postures in a fearful dog. Love and affection will help treat this situation, besides talking to a vet. And also use strong dog leashes during their walks for safety measures.

06.Drug-Induced Aggression
06.Drug-Induced Aggression
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Drug-induced aggression is also known as iatrogenic aggression. Yes, it's a fancy name, I know. This type of aggression is a result of the side effects of the medicine. Medicines like prednisone or innocuous [prescribed for inflammation or allergies] can have multiple side effects. It can also bring behavioural changes. There are also some infectious and noninfectious diseases. They can also cause aggression in dogs. Rabies among them is most common.

07.Barrier Aggression
07.Barrier Aggression
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Certain dogs can't tolerate barriers at all. They can't be controlled by a leash, door, or a fence. Actually, these dogs are quite energetic. They always want to discover something new. That is why these dogs can't bear obstacles. Be very careful. Barrier aggression is quite dangerous. Your dog may end up with injuries. They can cause harm to humans and other smaller dogs. Does your dog show barrier aggression? You can use a gentle head collar to control your dog. It will also manage their reactions.

08.Trained Aggression
08.Trained Aggression
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Obviously, some dogs need to be aggressive. For example, guarding dogs or hunting dogs must show aggression. Their aggression prevents intruders and enemies from entering your home. Every law enforcement agency must train the police dogs to be aggressive. However, you should not take trained aggression lightly. Always remember, only trained professionals can handle a dog’s trained aggression. On the other hand, some dog breeds are born aggressive. Such as Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Alsatians, German Shepherds, etc. That is why these dog breeds are banned in some countries.

09.Predatory Aggression
09.Predatory Aggression
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Some dogs are aggressive because of their hunting nature. Your dog may not work too much. It may not show energy often. But it can be aggressive the moment it sees an unfamiliar creature. The dog can immediately hunt it down. Besides, dogs can show this aggressiveness around other dogs. That is why you should separate play ideas for larger and smaller dogs. Predatory aggression can be problematic. Especially when Fido focuses on household pets and children. In such a situation, dog owners must find a solution as soon as possible.

10.Sexual Aggression
10.Sexual Aggression
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Actual aggression is also common in dogs, just like humans. Dogs show sexual aggression towards the competitors of their sexual partners. They take their competitors as rivals. Also, keep in mind dogs can show intrasexual aggression as well. It is also common in dogs. However, sexual aggression is not always seen in dogs. They show it in their mating seasons. It will also disappear when the mating season is over.