Aggressive dogs are misunderstood

bullys behaven nj dog trainer1All dogs are misunderstood sometimes, and aggressive dogs may be the most misunderstood of them all. Aggression is the most common and most serious behavior problem in dogs– and it’s the top reason why pet owners, shelters and rescues seek our help.

The term “aggression” refers to a wide variety of behaviors that occur for many reasons. Our role as behaviorists is to first understand the source before prescribing a plan of action.

Aggressive dogs may be the most misunderstood dogs of them all.

Rarely are there surprises

The one thing aggressive dogs have in common is that there are almost always warnings signs that come before an attack. Often people don’t recognize the warning signs so they perceive their dogs as suddenly flying off the handle.

However, that’s rarely the case. It can be just milliseconds between a warning and a bite, but dogs rarely bite without giving some type of warning beforehand. Some of these signs are easy to spot, while others are very subtle. Below is a common sequence of behaviors that can lead up to a serious situation.

  Common sequence of aggressive dog behaviors:

  • Becoming very still and rigid
  • Guttural bark that sounds threatening
  • Lunging forward or charging at the person with no contact
  • Mouthing, as though to move or control the person, without applying significant pressure
  • “Muzzle punch” (the dog literally punches the person with her nose)
  • Growling
  • Showing teeth
  • Snarling (growling and showing teeth)
  • Snapping
  • Quick nip that leaves no mark
  • Quick bite that tears the skin
  • Biting with enough pressure to cause a bruise
  • Biting that causes puncture wounds
  • Repeated bites in rapid succession
  • Biting and shaking

At Bullys Behaven we are are aggressive dog specialists. We work with the most troubled of dogs in shelters, homes and other environments. We know how to get to the root of the problem quickly and efficiently, and put you on the road to enjoying time with your dog again.

Call us today at 732-947-1176 or email us to schedule your dog behavior assessment and start enjoying time with your best friend again.