Dog aggression: watch out for these signs!

Understanding and managing aggression is a vital part of responsible dog ownership.

Aggressive behaviour causes serious problems and, if not managed properly, can be a danger to people and other animals.

Recognising and understanding the signs of aggression will help you avoid potentially dangerous situations and seek help from a professional if necessary!

  1. Posture of the dog

Aggressive dogs often appear larger and more threatening. Their body is rigid, their legs are spread wide to appear more stable, while their chest and shoulders are prominent.

  1. The tail of the dog

The tail of aggressive dogs is often stiff and held high, sometimes with a vibrating movement. This is a sign of dominance and threat.

  1. The dog's ears

The ears of aggressive dogs often point forward, depending on the breed and natural ear set. This is a sign of concentration and attention.

  1. Eyes of the dog

A dog's eyes can also tell you a lot about its emotional state.

As a sign of aggression, the eyes may widen and the dog may look fixedly at its target, while also observing other factors out of the corner of its eye.

  1. The dog's mouth and teeth

The dog's mouth and teeth are also an important source of information.

Aggressive dogs often lift their lips, exposing their teeth, especially their fangs. This is a clear warning sign that the dog is ready to attack if necessary!

  1. Sounds

Dog aggression is often accompanied by growling, howling, barking or other warning sounds. These sounds are usually deeper and more threatening than the sounds of normal communication!

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It is important to note that not all dogs express aggression in the same way, and any of the above signs can be present without aggression. Always look at the big picture and the context!

If you notice aggressive behaviour in your dog on a regular basis, contact a trained dog behaviourist who can help you understand and manage the problem.