So, how do you tell if a dog is displaying fear aggression when he see’s you because he’s afraid? How does the fear aggressive dog tell you that he’s afraid of you ?
Will the fear aggressive dog, bark ferociously at you ? YES
Will a fear aggressive dog, growl at you ? YES
Will the fear aggressive dog, lunge at you while tied or on a leash ? YES
Will the fear aggressive dog, snap at you ? YES
Will the fear aggressive dog, try to bite you ? YES
Will the fear aggressive dog, act like a maniac in a car ? YES
Will the fear aggressive dog, bark and try to chase you ? YES
Many people believe that a dog that reacts in any of the above mentioned scenarios, is an aggressive, bad or dangerous dog. They would be wrong.
Fear aggressive dogs can also display their nervousness by :
Standing or sitting quietly.
Not looking at you or avoiding your eye contact. ( And NO, this has nothing to do with dominance)
In general a nervous or fear aggressive dog can also display their nervousness by NOT acting aggressively. What you want to look for is stiffness in their body and a closed mouth. That’s the easy stuff to notice, what may be a little more difficult to notice is the fear in their eyes.
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