Dog aggression can be a major dog problem for owners. Dog aggression stems from either a dog’s frustration level or its dominance tendencies. A dog’s frustration comes from a lack of dog exercise, and the dog’s dominance comes from a lack of calm-assertive leadership.
I often hear people incorrectly blaming the breed for dog aggression. Any breed can cause trouble. The difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the bigger breeds can cause proportionately more injury.
It is important to recognize the power of a strong breed, such as a pit bull or a Mastiff. These dogs are very powerful and, if they are unbalanced, they can cause serious injury. Remember, these dogs don’t dream of being in the news when they grow up. Bad dog behavior and dog problems are not premeditated. Bad things happen when powerful breeds (or mixes of powerful breeds) live with humans who like the breed but don’t understand and fulfill the animal in the dog. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. This is a recipe for disaster.
To control a powerful breed of dog, you need to become the dog’s pack leader and establish rules, boundaries, and limitations. You need to fulfill the dog as Nature intended the dog to be fulfilled. If you are considering adopting a powerful breed, make sure you are willing and able to take on the responsibility.
For many fear-aggressive dogs, it is a lack of adequate dog exercise that is the root of the behavioral problem. Dog exercise burns the dog’s excess energy and helps maintain the dog’s healthy state of mind.