Avoid Dog Fights/Use this Tip

When I took my daily early morning walk with my dog at the local park today, we ran across a loose dog. Normally, that in itself is no reason for alarm. Because I have lots of experience recognizing aggressive body language in dogs, I could tell from a distance that something about this dog was wrong. As he got closer I could tell at a glance that he meant trouble. He was heading for us with a serious look and body language that was anything but friendly. The approaching dog wasn’t barking, but just by looking at his intense body language, I could see this wasn’t going to be a friendly visit. I wanted to stay away from this dog-he reminded me of the schoolyard bully cruising for a fight.

How did I recognize that this dog was a potential problem? Since this dog was across the park, how could I already know this dog was aggressive?I have watched my own dogs over the years, and the aggressive body language is one every dog owner has to watch for in order to avoid problems. My own aggressive dogs had taught me what to look for. Of course,just like we humans use motions as well as words to communicate with each other, dogs use their body language to “talk” to each other.

Your ability to recognize dog aggression will help you in being able to avoid a possible dog fight from happening. When two dogs meet each other, they sort out between each other who is the dominant one. Providing that one of the dogs remains submissive to the dominant dog, there shouldn’t be the tension that could lead to a dog fight.

Use the following tips to help learn how to recognize an aggressive dog before any problems can occur. If you can detect the signs of an aggressive dog, you can take action to avoid a bad encounter from taking place. Avoiding a bad encounter could be as easy as controlling and calming down your own dog (if he’s the one that is aggressive) or just leaving the vicinity of the other dog that is acting aggressive.

1. Everyone has seen aggressive dog body language many times already. The more dominant dog may hold his head above the other dog’s head, and perhaps might jump up and put his paws over the other dog’s shoulders. The more dominant dog might even try to mount the other dog, not because he is feeling sexy, but because that’s one way to show dominance. These dominance displays can cause some problems if one of the dogs does not feel like being submissive .

2. If the dog that is acting dominant (or perhaps both of them) starts to growl and snap his teeth he has moved to a very dangerous stage of aggression, and clearly wants to fight. You need to be pro-active and make sure the dogs don’t get a chance to fight by either controlling your own dog, or staying away from the other dog.

3. You can also spot an aggressive dog through his very intense stare and tense body movements. You’ll also notice the aggressive dog holds his tail up without any wagging (unlike a happy and friendly dog) and will also be holding his ears back . It is pretty obvious, even from a distance, that this dog is not in a good mood.

4. Of the various types of aggressive body language dogs use, one of the easiest to see is when a dog puts its hackles (the hair on his back) up. During my morning walk, I could tell the approaching dog was clearly aggressive, as his hackles were already up before he even reached us.

When you think about it, you can see that you have observed aggressive body language lots of times, even if you didn’t always recognize what it meant. Since now know what to look for to recognize aggressive body language, you can actively take steps to avoid encounters.

Until I took the time to better train my own dogs, I had occasional problems with my dogs aggressive tendencies, and I was reluctant to take them out in public (and then only on their leash). If you have an aggressive dog, it is your responsibility always have control of your pet when he is out in public.

The good news is that once you can easily recognize and pay attention to aggressive body language a dog is displaying, you will be able to avoid potential problems. If there is another dog in the area that is acting aggressively, because you recognize the aggressive dog’s body language in advance you can prevent your own dog from coming in to close contact with that uptight dog. You can alter the direction of your walk, and avoid letting your own dog get involved with the other dog’s bad energy. If it is your own dog that is the aggressive dog of the two, you can take action by really doing a good job of obedience training your dog. You won’t be able to control your dog’s aggressive actions until he recognizes you as the boss of the relationship, and will listen to you when you want him to calm down and not be aggressive.

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Controlling an aggressive dog is one of the most important problems a pet owner will have to face. But, there are certainly lots of other behavior issues and training you will need to know your teaching your dog to be the best he can be. I have lots of articles with some great tips for helping you correct problems and care for your dog. Please visit. www.BehaveDoggy.com