Detect aggression in the dog: escalation levels

There he is, the other dog, and suddenly your four-legged friend begins to barefoot his teeth. Such aggression in the dog is a completely natural behavior to defend or demarcate. To see how angry your coat lover is before serious bites and accidents occur, you'll find the different escalation levels here.

A well-socialized dog does not just go on a conspecific and hurt him. Until such an aggression happens, he will try in various ways to convey to the other person that his behavior just does not suit him. He goes through different levels of escalation. Knowing these helps you to understand your dog.

The Escalation Levels: First Alerts

Dogs go through different levels of escalation in their aggression. If they have not been able to keep their "opponents" at bay with peaceful appeasement signals, they fixate them and show their teeth without, however, coming into direct contact with him. Then the next stage takes place, in which slightly aggressive dogs approach the opponent, orbit him or even occasionally touch him. However, they only hint at inhibited biting to get the distance they want.

If the signals do not arrive at the counterpart

If the opponent still does not retreat, the dog starts to restrict him in his movement, for example by riding up or by positioning himself in front of the other four-legged friend. If the dog still does not retreat, the last stage of escalation follows: the dog bites, first inhibited, then stuck to hurt the aggressor.

In order to soothe your pet in such a case, it is important to understand his aggressive behavior and understand the escalation levels. If such aggression increases, it is advisable to learn how to deal properly with targeted training and problem dog therapy. Conviction, punishment and counter-aggression, however, are the wrong way to go.

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