Nervous Dog Behavior Variables
By, THE SPIRIT DOG
Our dogs can display fear aggressions in two vastly different ways. In between the two extremes are various increments of the same behavior, exhibited in slightly different forms. The behavior modification process to help these dogs get through their own fears, are the same regardless of which end of the spectrum or how the individual dog may be displaying those fears.
Aggressive, Fear Aggression Display
The most common form of nervous dog behavior or fear aggression that is usually interpreted by us as aggressive canine behaviors , is most commonly displayed as barking, growling and menacing . This type of fear aggression tends to be very difficult for the dog owner to accept or believe, as nervous or frightened behaviors on the dogs part. [ Aggressive Dog Bite or Nervous Dog Bite ]
At one time or another everybody has seen or encountered a barking growling seemingly ferocious dog. Unless the dog was specifically trained for protection work and in which case this behavior was encouraged, you happen to be witnessing the behaviors of a scared of fear aggressive dog. [ Real Men Don’t Need Protection Trained Dogs and yes they do eat quiche ] .
Although this specific display of fear aggression is just one of many different variations of fear aggressive behaviors that can be displayed by dogs, we will often remark that this type of dog is bad , not friendly, nasty or vicious. This is also the behavior that impresses dog owners the most, when a trainer calmly approaches this type of dog and relaxes him without much fanfare.
A dog trainer or behaviorist that possesses a superior knowledge of canine behaviors, understands that this is a display of fear aggression by their clients dog. Hence the trainer will show no fears or apprehensions in the handling of and /or the training of, the behaviorally troubled dog. [ Dog Training, Finding the Perfect Dog Trainer ].
For the dogs that display fear aggression in this way ( barking, growling, lunging, snarling) this is a learned behavior on their part, this is directly tied into their inherited behaviors dictated by survival instinct and self preservation. Some of these nervous dogs learn rather quickly that by acting ‘mean and intimidating’, they scare away what they perceive as an immediate threat to them. And most often that potential threat in the dogs mind is strangers; people they have only met a few times; people that are not part of their ‘pack’ ( that don’t live in your home) and sometimes even your family members living under the same roof.
I’ll be explaining some of the other ways dogs display fear aggression in future articles. But for now, one of the other ways a dog can display fear aggression is by being ‘Quiet and Stiff’, with this type of dog we often say, “the bite came out of nowhere”.
THE SPIRIT DOG
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