Dog Aggression

Dog Aggression

Why Is My Dog Aggressive Around Other Dogs?

A little bit of dog aggression is a pretty natural and normal dog behavior. While your pup may be very well trained, there is bound to eventually be some situation in which he feels threatened. Or upset, and reacts aggressively. While this may happen every once in a while and under extenuating circumstances. It is not normal for dogs to show frequent aggressive behavior around other dogs. Dogs are naturally pretty social animals, and tend to enjoy each other’s company, especially if they are well trained. So when your dog begins exhibiting aggressive behavior around his peers, it can be very concerning. Automatically punishing your pup for this behavior is not the answer. It is important for you to try and figure out what is triggering the aggression in your pup, and try to either help him cope, or remove the trigger.


Fear in dogs often manifests as aggression. When your pup senses a threat, he will likely try and attack before being attacked. Likewise, if your dog is afraid that his food, favorite toy, or even owner will be taken away from him he may become aggressive to defend these things. Aggression that comes out of fear or defensiveness is very natural in dogs, and with the right amount of patience and training will likely disappear.


Dogs are very protective animals. If you have a healthy relationship with your pup, he will likely be very protective of you. Sometimes this protectiveness will even extend to other pets, and likely other family members. Dogs may also become protective of their territory. This could include their homes, dog kennels, food, or even special toys. Male dogs usually mark their territory with urine marking, and can become very protective and aggressive if another dog enters that space. Try not to become too angry with your pup when he becomes defensive of you or your home. Remember that in the past this was an important job for dogs, and this protectiveness is likely wired into his DNA.


When dogs live in groups they naturally form a social hierarchy. Alpha dogs, or leader dogs, may use dog aggression to show others who is in charge. Reminding other dogs of their sub ordinance is a natural way your pup shows his dominance. It is also a natural tendency for dogs to become aggressive when they are in pain. In the wild, a dog showing pain or weakness would likely become the victim of a predator. Showing aggressive behavior protects him from other animals thinking that he is weak. Naturally, male dogs will try and compete for female in heat. This also often results in the demonstration of aggressive behavior to his peers. If your dog has not been fixed, he is even more likely to pursue females and become aggressive in his pursuit.


If you can find no other trigger for your dog’s aggressive behavior, he may be redirecting his aggression. Sometimes when a dog feels threatened and cannot react, he will take out his aggression on another dog. He may also be very excited about something that is unattainable like a special toy or treat. This can cause him to become frustrated, and express his frustration in aggression towards other pups.

Sum Up

It is very important to train and socialize your pup early on. If he is not well socialized and used to people and other dogs in the first two months of his life, he may exhibit aggression problems as an adult. Whatever the reasons for your dog’s aggressive behavior, it is important for you to pay attention to the triggers. When you figure out what is triggering his aggression you can start to improve upon it.

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