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Fear Aggression In Dogs-Understanding & Treating Fear Aggression In Dogs

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 9   |   Comments: 0

Every time someone is at your door, your dog shows aggression and begins barking at him, however, all the time he is backing up? Does he run away whenever a stranger approaches him, treating him with suspicion?  Are these conditions describing your dog perfectly? These are all signs of fear aggression in dogs. If you do not tackle this annoying problem now it's only going to get worse as your dog grows older. Now, I am going to tell you about the different types of aggressive behaviors displayed by dogs and how to handle them.

Causes Of Fear Aggression In Dogs

Generally, the main reason for dogs displaying fear aggression is the lack of socialization when they were young. A dog will find it hard to trust people and other dogs that he doesn't know, if he did not have lot of chances to interact with them while he was young.  

Another reason why dogs behave apprehensively is because at some point of his life he was abused. A dog that has been abused requires a lot of love and time from you to overcome this fearful behavior.

Fear based aggression in dogs can also be attributed to hormonal imbalances in certain dogs. A dog that has hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormones) may be apprehensive and scared. In such cases, thyroid treatment is recommended.

Will Fearful Aggression In Dogs Go Away On Its Own?

Unfortunately, it won't. Once a fearful dog finds that he is able to threaten people and other dogs by barking at them then his behavior is only going to get worse.


How Can I Train A Dog With Fear Aggression?

The best way to deal with fear aggression in dogs is to use a reward based technique. You need to make your dog understand that he does not need to show aggression when approached by a stranger and if your dog gets close to him, he will give him a treat.

To implement this technique a volunteer is needed. Let the volunteer sit on a chair and spread out some food around it. In this case, either your dog may first go close or back off displaying fear aggression. Either way, your dog will finally get close enough to get the food.

Next time, have the volunteer hold the dog's food in his hand. Do not pay any attention to the dog if he is acting in a frightened manner. Stay relaxed and patient. Let the dog come to him to get the treat. If he is acting aggressively do not punish him for displaying that behavior, in fact you should not even pay attention to him. When he finally comes and gets the food, that's the time when you need to praise him.


As you can see here that dealing with fear aggression in dogs can be a difficult and tedious process.  When working with a fearful dog, a good dog training course can be very useful. You will want to look for the one that includes a free consultation with an experienced dog trainer.

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