Top 5 Conditions When the Puppy Gets Aggressive
The aggressive behavior of the puppy is one of the most common problems faced while petting dogs around the globe. Detecting early signs and seeking professional guidance is the most encouraging way to deal with the situation. However, learning to know the reasons or conditions leading to an aggressive puppy helps a better petting experience for both the puppy as well as its master. In addition, you have to remember that after birth till almost 14 weeks of age, puppies develop bonds with their surroundings. If a puppy is not exposed to proper interaction with other dogs or humans during this period, they may grow up confused without proper socializing skills and turn towards aggression. However, there are other issues too leading to aggression.
1. Genetic Issues
Genetically some dogs are of extreme antagonistic nature. They are genetically designed to be defensive, hostile, and vigilant. Such dogs, namely the Australian and German Shepherd, Dobermans, Pit bull Terrier, Akita Inu, Boerboel, Dachshund, Rottweiler, etc, are bred to instinctively fight or argue with other dogs and are responsible for the maximum number of fatalities resulting from pet bites per year. They however serve as good watchdogs or protectors but are usually unsafe to be around unsolicited. For the safety of other dogs or humans from them, they should imperatively be trained and socialized carefully.
2. Aggressive or Abusive Master
Puppies are as much like human babies, they learn from what they see. It has been noticed, that aggressive or abusive owners often make their way to hostile dogs. Cornering a dog, manhandling, being hostile towards it, often confuses and irritates the dog provoking it to be hostile or violent towards others. Never take your anger out on the puppy. Be patient and follow a positive training regimen while teaching your dog the essentials. Confronting the puppy, grabbing, jerking, pushing or beating causes the puppy to redirect the fear to others in its surrounding as growling, biting and snapping.
If a puppy suddenly retorts to violent behavior after being otherwise for quite some time the cause of this sort of aggression could be medical. Certain physical irritation or uneasiness could result in aggressive behavior with puppies. Rabies, thyroids, tumors could just be one of the many diseases that the puppy is affected with causing it to react violently.
4. Territorial Protection
Dogs are known to mark their territory and protect it from any approaching threats. Especially if it has identified someone or something to be a threat to their possessions, it often snaps out in irritation to them. Dogs are extremely possessive of their possessions be it toys, bowl, area or friends and sometimes they may get too violent in protecting these items from a possible intruder like the mailman, guests of the house or even a house member.
5. Sexual Maturation
Most puppies reach sexual maturity at the age of 6-14 months. During this period because of the hormonal flows, most puppies are seen to turn violent and snappy. The male dogs are protective of their female counterparts or can get violent when not encountering proper sexual vents. Similarly the females turn violent while pregnant or nursing their children. They usually attempt to bite or snap at anyone nearing them or their smaller ones during this time.
Selecting the right puppy for yourself is a serious issue and needs to be well looked into. A timely visit to a veterinarian or consulting with your breeder before choosing a pup is the best way to avoid choosing the wrong pet. Also you need to keep in mind your own temperament and environment before selecting your desired pup to avoid putting others as well your own self into danger of unsolicited canine bites.
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