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How to train aggressive dogs ? : Dogs Training and Behaviour Articles; Part-1 Defining aggression among dogs Aggression in dogs is defined as a threatening or harmful behavior directed toward another living creature—whether human or animal. The dog may snarl, growl, snap, nip, bite and lunge. Such behavior among dogs is not abnormal. All they are doing is to exhibit the typical ... How to train aggressive dogs ?


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Defining aggression among dogs
Aggression in dogs is defined as a threatening or
harmful behavior directed toward another living
creature—whether human or animal. The dog may
snarl, growl, snap, nip, bite and lunge. Such behavior
among dogs is not abnormal. All they are doing is to
exhibit the typical behavior of a normal species that is
perhaps incompatible with human life and safety. Such
behavior among dogs is on the rise and can lead to
gruesome situations, including death, as described
below.
Only recently, a young woman returned home with a
lady friend and was unlocking her door when two
snarling and ferocious dogs lunged at her. Though the
owner of the dogs screamed at them to stop, they went
straight for the woman and attacked her.
When the police arrived at the scene, they found her in
ragged clothes and bloodstains all over the walls and
floor. The victim was sent to hospital for neck injuries
which she later succumbed to, and the dogs went to an
animal shelter.

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Were they bred to be ferocious? The question:
what makes dogs turn ferocious has led many
behaviorists to go into the matter at great length. They
say that while some breeds are very fierce or
aggressive, others aren’t. Due to domestication or
taming by humans, they have lost their predatory edge
and since then have also been selectively bred or mated
to certain breeds of dogs to redouble certain specific
behavioral traits helpful to humans.

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Killer instinct: Though certain dog breeds such as
rottweilers and pit bulls are deadly attackers, it is still
impossible to know a killer by his breed alone. A more
reliable way is to know if the dog has been neutered or
not. When a dog is devoid of its sexual urges, he ceases
to have any hormonal urges to roam and fight.
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The return of the predatory instinct: As you
know, dogs have descended from wolves that have a
very distinct predatory instinct. Like most wild canine
predators, wolves also killed in packs. In addition,
predators kill other animals for food or in self-defense
of their territory. Dogs have evolved from wild canines,
and most wild canine predators kill in packs. From the
many hundred cases of fatal dog attacks, one thing
comes to light: that the savage instincts of a pack have
returned to some domestic dogs that suddenly attack
animals or people without warning.

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Our responsibilities: There’s only so much that
genetics can be responsible for, when attributing blame
to aggression and the killer instinct in dogs. There are
also our own responsibilities towards our pet dogs.
Your pet’s behavior is the net result of how you bring
him up, his health and training—aspects you are
responsible for. In certain cases, a pet owner,
unwittingly encourages his dog to become dangerous by
including rough play in his daily schedule, abusing him
and praising him when the dog growls at strangers.


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