why do dogs bite?

dogs bite
dogs bite

why do dogs bite?

Often, owners give their favorite animals to shelter or even put them to sleep. and all because the once sweet puppy has become an adult dog, whose cheerful bite has turned into serious manifestations of aggression. Of course, not everyone wants to live side by side with a dog, but from time to time tries to hold on to the hated part of the owner's body, whether it is an adult or a child. Is there really no other way out than to get rid of the animal?

Types of aggression
First of all, it is necessary to understand how aggressive dogs are.to do this, let us look at the types of aggression. Immediately pay attention to the fact that the dog may show several types of aggression at the same time.

Types of aggression:

All types of aggressive behavior in dogs behavior liar to most of us. However, the first two deserve particular attention: self-defense aggression and dominant aggression. Let us consider them in more detail, as dogs often show them in relation to their owner.
Assault in self-defense
Dogs with this type of aggression tend to behave in a contradictory way. On the one hand, they squeeze their ears and tail, try not to look into their eyes, lick their hands and lie on their backs, replacing their abdomen. Do you want more submission from a pet?

However, submitting to their own fears and, as a result, defending themselves, these dogs do not like outstretched hands, do not tolerate unnecessary care and do not want to be managed. Caught in a corner, the dog will tremble in fear and snap its teeth. It's this type of dog that attacks from behind.
Dominant aggression
Dominant-aggressive dogs are the exact opposite of protector-aggressive dogs. They behave with confidence and tension: they stand upright, ears pricked, they are not afraid to look into the eyes of the enemy while grunting and shaking their tails slightly.
These dogs have a certain degree of insolent behavior: they walk on people's feet, push children, obsessively ask for attention and can quietly lift their paws inside, even when they are already walking. Naturally, they do not want to obey and behave with great caution. Such pets are increasingly found in purebred males.

Causes of the aggression
so why aren't all dogs friendly? dogs bite for several reasons:
external environment;
test of strength;
the desire for leadership;
the desire for independence.
And now in order...

External environment
Poor socialization of the puppy, attacks from other dogs, excessive punishment/encouragement from owners, disrespectful attitude of children - these are the main factors that determine the aggressiveness of the animal.

Genetics also affects the dog's predisposition to aggression. Thus, golden retrievers or labradors are less aggressive than Dobermans or rottweilers.

Hierarchy of relationships
The hierarchical structure of the relationships contributes to a clear distribution of roles in the pack. Entering the human family, the dog tries to determine its place, assimilating people to the members of the pack. Nature has gone to bed so that the dog tries to occupy the top of this structure, because it guarantees a full stomach, the most comfortable place to rest, etc.

The leadership
The puppy immediately understands "who is who" in the family: screams, facial expressions or, for example, gestures specific to the head of the family. As he grows up, he will naturally seek to get closer to the leader and take his place later. This struggle only takes place through aggression.

Having matured, the dog feels more confident in the world around him, learns to master the minimum vital skills inherent to each animal. Thus, it ceases to need its own host leader and begins to demonstrate its independence, not submitting and even showing an early aggression, which is not particular to it.

we now understand why dogs bite: this behavior is inherent to them from birth. The problem is that pets often forget their place, biting when they want to. Curiously, the owner himself is guilty of such behavior, which has made mistakes in the education and training of his animal.
Correction of aggressive behavior
Of course, it is preferable to have the dog trained by an experienced handler, because not all owners can boost the will and skills of a professional trainer, and even more so, not all dogs have a "hairy" character.

Often, people make mistakes when choosing a race. For example, sheepdogs are not recommended for undecided people, Dalmatians have a passive lifestyle, Shelties do not tolerate violent children, etc. And, you see, many of us are simply not serious about the appearance of an animal in the family, seeing the dog as a toy and not raising it properly.

What measures can you take if you already own the "clamp"?
Education: development of desirable traits of the animal and removal of undesirables;
Socialization: knowledge of the dog with the world around him, his representatives and development of goodwill towards them;
Low hierarchical rank: demonstration of the dominant behavior of the host, preventing the dog from taking a dominant position;
Physical domination (! Does not involve violence on animals!): It is used in cases of non-obedience to voice commands, for example by shaking a dog by the withers, pressing down on the ground, etc. until resistance, growling and other aggressive demonstrations have ceased completely;
Psychological assistance: this refers to the identification and treatment of a depressive state in an animal that is likely to cause undesirable actions.

The fact is that dogs are not people, they have their own understanding of the environment and ways to survive. be careful, when raising your pet, and don't doubt that the dog is really a friend of man.

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