Is Your Tampa Dog Aggressive?

Through our years as Tampa Bay dog trainers, this is probably the most serious of all behavioral issues we address, and the most common reason for dogs being sent to rescue centers or needlessly euthanized. For many Tampa Bay dog owners, it can be frustrating and disheartening to see how the once playful puppy has progressed from being cute and lovable into an aggressive dog in adulthood. What a way to repay all the 'love' you given it!

The reasons for dog aggression are many and varied. All sorts of life experiences can happen along the way that may nurture aggression in dogs. Fundamentally, most aggression problems stem from an underlying fear. Dogs are not born aggressive, but some will inadvertently learn to react in an aggressive manner in an effort to survive and through misinterpretation of their role in the pack. Aggression issues are mostly confined to adult dogs, although it is not unknown in young puppies. In any case, action needs to be taken quickly. Be careful though not to confuse mouthing or teething with aggression in young puppies. In most cases adult aggression in dogs will stem from the dog feeling vulnerable or unprotected.

Different Types Of Dog Aggression

  • Fear Aggression

  • Dominance Aggression

  • Territorial Aggression

  • Sexual Aggression

  • Food Aggression

  • Pack Aggression

  • Sibling Rivalry

Deed Not Breed

Dogs are unable to speak for themselves, and as a result they are often misunderstood and usually get the blame when things go wrong. It is a sobering thought to consider that 95% of aggression in dogs is actually learned behavior, resulting from the environment and experiences in which the dog has learned to survive. It learns to deal with the situation as only it knows how. Euthanizing is traditionally viewed as a last resort option, but sadly these days it is all too often an easy out, with humans blaming the dog for a problem and failing to get professional help. The irony is that aggression in dogs is more often than not caused by the human input, with the dog.

Read Jeff's article “Learning to be aggressive” which explains some ways that people inadvertently caused their dogs to become aggressive.

We Can Help With All Kinds Of Tampa Bay Dog Aggression

Putting a dog to sleep or re-homing can be a very distressing decision for a family and in most situations is NOT necessary! At Bark Busters Tampa Bay, we believe in the saying "Deed Not Breed" and that no dog is beyond our help. Most aggressive behavioral problems can be corrected if approached under the expert guidance of a professional Tampa Bay dog trainer. Our Tampa Bay dog training techniques allow us to accomplish amazing results by solving the underlying core of the problem, and putting in place our unique behavioral modification therapy to un-learn the behavior, and re-structure the canine responses in a way that makes sense to the dog and it's owner.

It’s only by understanding the nature of dogs and changing how they feel during the situations that trigger the aggression that a long term solution is possible. Bark Busters Tampa Bay looks at “why” things are happening and works to deal with the why (root cause) and not just the what (behavior).

Let our Tampa Bay dog trainers help you with dog aggression. You'll be amazed at the results after only one lesson!

For expert professional help and advice in resolving aggression problems with your dog

Call Tampa Dog Trainers at 1-877-500-BARK (2275) or e-mail us directly

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