Most of the focus on dog bites has centered on aggression in dogs towards strangers. However, many dog bites take place in the home, with family pets. Most of the time, these occur because the dog is startled or irresponsibly agitated.
For example, blowing in a dog’s ear or bothering him while he is eating could put you on the fast track to getting bitten.
Even if your dog is completely adapted to life at home and is well-adjusted to the various pokes, pulls and mild annoyances burdening most family dogs, he may be more aggressive with strangers and unfamiliar dogs.
It is essential for new dog owners to begin training their pet early to avoid aggressive behavior later on.
First off, if you are not a breeder, there is really no reason to put off spaying or neutering your dog. This simple procedure is actually healthier for the animal and can decrease aggressive, territorial and overly protective responses.
Socialize, socialize, socialize.
There are few things, other than having your dog fixed, that go as far towards preventing aggressive behavior as proper socialization and behavior training. For some dogs, simply taking them for walks out in public and arranging puppy play dates may be enough. For others, you may need to schedule more intensive behavior training sessions.
If you have two or more dogs in your household, make sure that food and water are equal and properly separated. Also make sure that each dog has enough toys that they can claim as their own. This can help diffuse aggression in the home.
While not completely always 100 percent effective, these steps will go a long way towards ensuring peace, both in the home and outside of it.