Dogs are pack animals whose dominance is embedded in their territorial instincts. They show dominance in a variety of ways, often leading to aggressive behaviors that could cause serious injuries to children or other pets. In the wild, their dominant behavior serves as a key to their survival, but when it’s displayed in a domestic environment , it can develop into unwanted behaviors.
Aggressive dominance should be taken seriously and can only be relieved through dedicated dog training and the potential use of medication. If your doggy is showing any of the following signs of dominant dog behavior, better start thinking about corrective measures.
The most common signs of dominant dog behavior:
Very aggressive towards children
Walks in front of other dogs or owner while on a leash
Attempts to herd other animals or children
Resistance to commands
Inappropriately mounting dogs or humans (seen in males and females)
Stealing attention from other dogs
Refusing to move off furniture
What Causes Dominant Behavior?
Dominant behavior is not a normal personality trait of any doggy breed. There are several reasons why a doggy displays dominant behavior. It’s not uncommon for dominance aggression to appear in most dogs on occasion. This may occur while they are growing and maturing. However, certain circumstances can increase the chances of your doggy developing ongoing dominant behavior.
Lack of socialization with other animals
Lack of proper training
Medical conditions which causes dominant dog behavior
How to Correct Dominant Behavior?
Dominant Behavior is very dangerous and should be addressed by a professional. If your doggy is exhibiting aggressive behaviors, a veterinarian will likely want to collect information about their behavioral history. The veterinarian will treat any health conditions to see if it improves their overall behavior. It is also effective to focus on correcting medical issues and combining it with Dog Training Classes, it helps to correct the behavior quickly.
For doggy’s who do not have any health condition, dog obedience training and proper training guidelines for the owners to follow at home, offers an effective solution. It would also help if doggy owners bond with their pet and learn new techniques to keep the behavior at bay. Remember to always reward good behavior shown by your doggy.