Many dogs display what I like to call random aggressive behaviors. What exactly is random aggressive behaviors, you must be wondering. Well I’ll tell you, random aggressive behaviors is any behavior that can lead to a biting incident or an attempt at biting that can manifest itself randomly in the dogs mind. This type of behavior in dogs although is not that uncommon, is one of those things that really confuse most people as to why it happens.
To say this behavior is a little confusing, frustrating and emotionally stressful for those animal lovers that have dogs like this, is putting it mildly. It is unquestionably, emotionally extremely stressful for the whole family.
OK, so what do these dogs do ? These are the type of dogs that will seek you out for some loving attention, and occasionally stiffen up and either bite you or attempt to bite you. Or they can be quietly laying down near your feet and when you get up to change the TV channel ( oops, showing my age here) the dog growls or snaps at you. There are a couple of other scenarios along the same lines, but I think you get the general idea.
Why does my dog do this ? This part is easy. This is NOT aggression, and this is NOT dominance. This is a FEAR based behavior, regardless of what some dog training professional will tell you. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but it does make sense to your dog. Let me try to explain it this way, many people live part of their lives in fear because of some type of phobia. To someone not inflicted by an emotionally crippling phobia, it hard for them to understand or even make sense of how it can affect some people. After all, isn’t fear just in your mind.
The fear your dogs has, in his mind anyway. Is that he’s going to be attacked, and he’s going to act preemptively to remove his perceived threat. From a logical and analytical standpoint, WE know that nothings going to hurt him. But the mind is a powerful and sometimes confusing thing, just ask the millions of people who have phobias.
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The Spirit Dog