8 Aggressive Dog Behavior Patterns -- And How to Fix Them

Aggressive dog behavior can have several causes and patterns, but most of them can be controlled with proper training.

Types of Aggressive Dog Behavior

  • Territorial aggressive dog behavior occurs when your dog believes someone is invading his territory.
  • Fear aggression can occur when your dog feels overly fearful.
  • Predatory aggression occurs when your dog follows his natural predatory instincts. However, predatory aggression is dangerous as a pet dog can turn these instincts on cars, children, and other pets.
  • Punishment aggression is when a punishment is so harsh that the dog perceives the owner as a threat.
  • Pain aggression is your dog's natural reaction to severe pain. Be careful when handling an injured or ill dog.
  • Maternal aggression occurs when a mother tries to protect her puppies.
  • Dog-to-dog aggression is when two dogs fight.
  • Redirected aggression occurs when an already aggressive dog attacks the person who attempts to stop his aggressive behavior.

Fixing Aggressive Dog Behavior

Here are some tips to help train your dog against aggressive behavior:

  • Make sure your dog knows his place within the family.
  • Never play aggressively with your dog.
  • Reward your dog when he displays good behavior.
  • Always maintain mild discipline. Do not discipline your dog harshly.
  • Make sure he gets enough exercise.
  • Don't give him too much unwarranted attention.
  • Don't leave him alone with strangers or small children.
  • A veterinary behaviorist and a professional trainer can help you fix aggressive dog behavior.