Canine fear aggression is normal, it’s a genetically predisposed behavior directly related to an animals survival instinct. And what exactly is survival instinct aside from the obvious task of feeding oneself ? Not getting thyself eaten. It really is that simple…
Assuming of course, that the particular animal in question was not mistreated in any way, shape, or form in the past by a previous owner, or the animal has not gone through some sort of traumatic experience. Traumatic experience being defined as, hit by a car, attacked by other animals, scared, abused, tormented by children, hit by a stranger, etc..
Many dogs perceive all sorts of things as a potential threat to their life, if they haven’t achieved some sort of comfort level through daily routines and / or interaction with those things or people. Failing daily interaction they will be very wary of that object. Whether it’s a human being, garbage can in a new spot or another animal. And if you think about it, we are not all that different. Many of us fear animals we don’t know, and many of us fear other people that we don’t know.
Does your dog realize that there is no real danger in meeting friendly dogs or people that he doesn’t know? Some dogs do and some dogs don’t. But unlike the human mind with the overabundance of phobias that can affect us, people with phobias usually understand logically anyway that their fear is really only in their mind even know they may personally have trouble getting past that fear(s). Dogs on the other hand, do not have the mental capacity nor the intelligence to figure that out for themselves. This is an area where we can help them through their fears with proper behavior modification.
The Spirit Dog
Spirit Animal Sanctuary
2539 East Road
Boonville, New York 13309