Dog Aggression or Unsocialized Dog
One way we can start helping out our dogs a little and help out our understanding of canine behaviors, is to change some of the words we use when describing a specific behavior.
One example of changing our terminology to reflect an more accurate assessment of an animals behavior is too stop saying our dog doesn’t like dogs, or is dog aggressive. By continuing to say that your animal is dog aggressive, you are doing that dog a tremendous disservice. What we should really be saying is “my dog is unsocialized with other dogs and therefor very nervous around them. That’s why he barks and growls at other dogs when he sees them.”
It doesn’t matter how much previous experience we have with dogs. If we have a dog that doesn’t get along with other dogs, we didn’t know how to correctly socialize the dog or we became a little to nervous while attempting to socialize him. In either case our approach to socializing the dog or our own fears and uncertainties, involved with other dogs will negatively impact our analysis of the behavior.
Over the years, the 500+ dogs that have become residents of Spirit Animal Sanctuary, the majority of these dogs come to us with both animal aggression and human aggression. I say dog aggression or aggressive behaviors, because that’s how they are described to us. After we mentally rehabilitate them and remove their fears, they live out their life as happy, playful dogs.
The point being if we are very comfortable around other dogs and have the right approach to socializing our dog, they become happy and social with other dogs.
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