Understanding Aggression in Dogs

Dogs act aggressively out of fear. Use counterconditioning and desensitization to build confidence.


Some dogs guard resources aggressively. Use trading games and obedience training to reduce resource guarding.


Hurting dogs may react aggressively if touched near sore areas. Have your vet examine your dog.


Improper socialization can lead to aggression. Introduce your dog to various people, places, and dogs.

Lack of Socialization

Some breeds have a higher tendency toward dog aggression. Use caution in high-risk scenarios.

Breed Tendencies

Aggression can arise when dogs are frustrated. Provide appropriate outlets to expend energy.


Dogs may act aggressively when defending their territory. Use secure fencing and obedience training.


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