Why Does My Dog Bite?

Has your dog bitten you or someone else? In addition to injuries, this behavior also carries legal consequences such as compensation for pain and suffering. Before it gets to that point, you can help your dog stop misbehaving with the help of this article.

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Article Overview

Biting is only a natural instinct of the dog.

It is not primarily about attack or aggression. It is primarily about self-defense. 

Dogs only bite when they feel threatened and they have no other way out. 

Unfortunately, some dogs will feel this way and snap whenever a strange person comes too close to them. 

This is a big problem because the dog will become a danger to others and be under constant stress. This can also be very stressful for the owner.

That is why it’s important to train him to stop biting as soon as possible.

Show your furry friend that his fear is unfounded in most cases and there are other ways to handle these situations.

In this article, you'll learn some training approaches and what to look for when your dog is quick to bite.

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Causes of Aggressive Behavior

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Biting is an important defense method for dogs to deal with danger. 

The biting reflex developed during evolution in the ancestors of our domestic animals; it determined survival.

Dogs usually bite for only two reasons:

  1. They are attacked and defend themselves
  2. They are defending something very important to them

Dogs show aggressive behavior when their food is threatened or their owner is attacked. Biting is, therefore, intended to attack the threat directly and drive it away. 

However, some furry noses also bite when no obvious danger is apparent to humans. Often, owners do not even recognize what exactly is scaring their dog.

You must remember that a dog never bites without a reason. There is always a cause, even if you do not see it at first glance. 

You usually don't understand why your dog bites, especially if you just hold out your hand to him. You don't want to hurt him, you just want to calm him down or pet him.

But it could be that he has had a bad experience. Maybe he associates something negative with holding out your hand.

For this reason, the goal of the dog trainingis to show your protégé that their fear is unfounded. The biting reflex itself should not be trained away. 

In certain situations, biting can be very important for your dog. It is much more important to familiarize him with the circumstances in which biting is appropriate.

Show your darling other strategies for dealing with perceived threats so he no longer has to resort to biting.

Attention. Breed list / List dog

Unfortunately, there are also dogs that are considered or suspected to be dangerous because of their breed. 

These are also called fighting dogs. They are often bred, trained, and used explicitly for combat.

The import of these breeds into Germany is prohibited. Nevertheless, they are still smuggled into Germany through various illegal ways. 

There are legal restrictions for keeping these dogs. However, the requirements differ depending on the state.

These breeds include:

  • Alano
  • American Bulldog
  • (American) Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Bandog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso/Cane Corso Italiano
  • Doberman
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Kangal
  • Caucasian Owtscharka
  • Mastiff
  • Mastín Español
  • Mastino Napoletano
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Perro de Presa Canario (Dogo Canario)
  • Perro de Presa Mallorquin
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire bull terrier
  • Tosa Inu
Dog breeds on the breed list, depending on the state, are usually character test obligated. This also includes crosses from these breeds.

We would like to draw attention to the fact:

When purchasing a dog, only contact reputable dog dealers. Carefully decide which breed is suitable for you and your family. 

Please do not forget, you don't just "buy" a dog. "You enter into a lifelong agreement with this dog. The well-being of the four-legged friend and your fellow human beings is entirely your responsibility. 

Recognize Aggression

Terrier growls

Everyone knows that a dog is irritated when it growls, snaps, and bites. But by then it is usually already too late. 

By noticing beforehand that your four-legged friend is tense, you can prevent biting.

Your pet does not just become aggressive from one second to the next. He gets more and more irritated by different factors. If he is then in a threatening situation, he also bites. 

But even before that, his body language will show he is uncomfortable.

Observe your dog carefully so you learn to recognize budding aggression very early. The signals that he then shows occur due to stress. 

If your dog is stressed, his pulse will speed up. Of course, you can't see this from the outside. Instead, pay attention to his breathing. If it is fast and flat, your dog is irritated.

What is often not noticed by many dog owners is the stare. The dog’s eyes will be wide open and fixed on one point. Your dog will seem frozen and show no movement.

Also the entire body is is tense. They will hardly move and will appear rigid. In extreme cases, even their back hair erected.

Fear or insecurity can also lead to aggression. If your dog has his tail clamped between his legs or lowered, then he is afraid.

Is he not coping with the situation? Or is he unconsciously put under even more pressure? This can have undesirable consequences.

If you notice these signals in your four-legged friend, you should be careful, he is now under a lot of stress and is irritable.

If he now gets into a situation that is unpleasant for him, he may bite.

If you then come too close to him and want to help him, he might misunderstand. This will only make him more irritated.

That's why you should keep your distance! Wait until your dog has calmed down again.

5 Causes

Your dog is more likely to bite if he is already irritated. Therefore, there are some factors that reinforce aggressive behavior. We have summarized the most important ones below:

1. Stress

If your dog is stressed, he will react very strongly to even small threats. This also means he will bite more quickly. There are many causes for stress in your dog.

Make sure he is exposed to as little stress as possible to help him remain calmer. Even in situations where he was previously aggressive.

2. Competition

Is another four-legged friend in the vicinity? Then your dog will be more attentive. After all, he has to pay attention. 

The competitor will want to mark his territoryas well. This can be very exhausting and irritating for your dog.

3. Problem Solving and Decisions

It's a lot of stress for your dog, when he doesn’t know what to do. Does your dog need to solve a particular problem? Then he may be under a lot of stress. If he also gets into an unpleasant situation, he will quickly react aggressively.

4. Pain

Pain means constant stress for your dog. The problem is, many dogs hide their pain and we can't see it at all. Is your dog showing aggressive behavior more often than usual lately? Think about whether this could be a medical condition

5. Wishes and Needs Aren’t Satisfied

Your dog often has his own ideas and wants to do things he is not allowed to do. 

Is his food taken away from him, for example? Is he not allowed to play with the dog on the opposite side of the street? Or does he want to run faster than you when you go for a walk?

This can be very frustrating for him.

A healthy and relaxed four-legged friend is less likely to show aggressive behavior than stressed dogs. With this knowledge, you can easily avoid aggression in your dog.

Prevent Aggression from Arising

Dog paw

Are you in the training phase and want to break your dog's biting habit? Then your dog should not be placed into difficult situations. Then your darling should not get into difficult situations.

If he feels uncomfortable and bites, the danger usually disappears. So he realizes that it works and does it again and again.

But if he has not had to bite for a long time, he is much more likely to get involved in the training. This gives him the opportunity to learn alternatives that also make the threat disappear.

Therefore, observe what irritates your dog and in which situations he behaves aggressively. These situations should be avoided in the next few weeks. 

For example, does your dog get aggressive when strangers are around? 

Then he should be confronted with other people only in exceptional cases in the near future. This way, he will not be stressed and he will not attack anyone.

If, however, a situation arises that irritates him, leave with him immediately and keep your distance. You should also leave him alone for the time being.

It is also very helpful if he has a retreat at home. This may be, for example, a dog bed or his own room. 

Your dog then knows he will be undisturbed there and can go there when he is stressed and wants to be left alone. In this way, he learns it is much better to avoid difficult situations.

When you go for a walk you should use a leash and then keep the line short. This way, you can control where you go. In an emergency, you can quickly get him away from things that make him aggressive. leash and Keep the line short. This way you can control where you go. In an emergency, you can quickly get him away from the things that make him aggressive.

A muzzle When you go for a walk you should use a leash and then keep the line short. This way, you can control where you go. In an emergency, you can quickly get him away from things that make him aggressive.

If your dog is already a little irritable, try not to startle him. Approach him gently .

You can also distract him by asking him to do familiar things. This could be, for example, commands that he has mastered.

Your dog will also calm down much faster if you trigger positive feelings in him. Then stroke him or rustle the food bag.

Tips for Training

Above all, show your dog that his aggressive behavior is not productive. He should use other strategies. The best of which is to walk away. 

Furthermore, you should make it clear to him, that some situations are not a threat to him at all.

So reward him when he stays calm in certain situations. .

Does he usually perceive people as a threat? Is he near a stranger and has not yet shown aggressive behavior? Then he has earned a treat.

Walk with him a few steps away from the "threat" and reward him there.

This way, he realizes at the same time that he can leave the situation at any time. If he leaves on his own the next time, you should also reward him.

Never overload your dog with this training. If he feels threatened and becomes aggressive, you will have to start all over again.

Therefore, do not bring him together with people who react hecticly. If your dog notices tension in others, he himself will become irritated.

Your dog must gradually get used to the new method. Therefore, practice with him only slowly, even if it takes a while.

It can be helpful if you also perform these exercises in everyday life. After all, these are potential situations that can occur any time and he should learn to react correctly.

Nevertheless, your dog should not be exposed to any distractions at the beginning. Look for quieter places that do not overwhelm him.

Many owners try to get their dogs used to dealing with people by having others lure him with food. But this exercise can lead to exactly the opposite.

Because now your dog has the conflict of whether to put himself in a threatening situation for a treat.

This stresses him even more. He should be shown that he can simply leave if he feels uncomfortable.

So if someone wants to give him food, they should throw it a few meters away from him. Then your dog will realize that he is rewarded even when keeping his distance. 

Apply these tips consistently and practice again and again with your four-legged friend. This way he will quickly learn an alternative to biting. 

The next time he sees a situation as threatening, he won’t get aggressive. He will simply move away.

If he does get too irritated and starts to growl, you should never scold him. Your dog has done nothing wrong. On the contrary, he has only shown that he feels threatened and is giving a warning signal. in no case scold him. Your dog has done nothing wrong. On the contrary, he shows that he feels threatened and gives a warning signal.

Scolding would stress him too much, as would punishment. In the worst case, he will skip the growl next time and bite right away.

It's better to make sure that such situations don't occur in the first place. 

If your dog is irritated, then just walk a few steps away with him. He learns quickly that distance brings more than attack.

My Conclusion

Biting is a natural behavior of dogs. They do it solely to protect themselves from a threat.

Unfortunately, many dogs see even harmless situations as threatening and they become aggressive. This happens especially when they are stressed from the start. 

Quickly recognize the symptoms of stress in your dog. This way you can prevent aggressive behavior. 

Pay attention to these 3 points:

  • Your dog is tense and rigid 
  • He breathes fast and shallow
  • He fixes a certain point with wide eyes 

Be careful. Then get him out of the situation as quickly as possible and let him do familiar things. Avoid stressful situations. 

This way there will be fewer setbacks. Your dog will learn much faster the new strategies to solve the conflicts.

Show your pet that he can just back off as soon as he feels threatened.

Reward him when he takes a few steps back from the "danger" and does not become aggressive. After a while, he will do this more and more often and not bite anymore.

Written by Anja Boecker
Written by Anja Boecker

My name is Anja Boecker and I am a dog trainer and behavior consultant (IHK certificate). With these articles I would like to help you understand your dog better and build an inseparable bond.

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  1. Our Irish Setter can react very aggressively when he is lying (e.g. on the couch or on the floor) and sleeping. If one of us then strokes him, he growls or as just happened, snaps. Is this frightening or danger for him?

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Dear Ingrid, I would not interpret it directly as fright or danger. It looks more like he doesn't want to be disturbed during his rest and shows this first with a growl. The growl means in good German "please leave me alone, I want to chill now." Some dogs like to be petted during their rest and some don't. It probably looks like your dog belongs more to the latter category. Therefore, it may happen that he snaps because his warning by growling was not respected or perceived. However, if your dog is also snapping in other areas, it would be advisable to seek advice from a specialist in the area (animal behavior therapy or psychology, trainer, etc.).

  2. Hi there,
    we have the problem that our Pomerania (1,5years), bites my fingers if a piece falls down while giving treats and I reach to pick it up.
    If he eats it out of my hand, then everything is okay.
    But if he gets it in his basket and it falls down and I grab it, it's over.
    Otherwise, he's quite a sweet guy, but that's where the friendship ends.
    What can I do?
    So he is guaranteed not to be in pain, he actually only bites in this situation and there is no growling or staring either.
    LG Maren

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Dear Maren, many dogs do not like it when you "take away their food". They can react aggressively to this, regardless of whether their mistress is only trying to pick up the piece that has fallen on the floor. The solution would be to train or change this behavior pattern with a trainer. Another possibility would be to leave the piece on the floor or in the basket and take it away when your dog is busy with something else.

  3. Thank you for the really very interesting and well described article. Our dog (Boxer, 3 years) reacts to the one or the other male dog, we then turn around if I notice it early, if not we go straight past (so our dog to the averted side, I stay in between, everything goes well, there's praise and treats) with some dogs, however, he shows aggressive behavior and wants to go, especially if the other already fixes him or barks. Since he does not come there, he directs his aggressiveness, probably out of frustration against me and bites me - he then does not react at all is not responsive. Otherwise he would probably bite the dog ????. I have to say that we have a very sensitive, rather stressed dog, but he is rather aloof and basically does not avoid any threatening situation if I do not manage it immediately.
    But maybe my behavior is the trigger?
    What do you think to get this under control, is our regular trainer session enough or should we bring in an animal psychologist?

    Thanks and greetings

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Dear Luise, the situation is certainly very unpleasant and can worry everyone involved, which in turn triggers your boxer's aggression. It may well be that your Boxer senses your inner rising "panic" very early in these situations and interprets this signal as "My mistress is sending out danger signals, she or we are in danger". This mobilizes his protective instinct, which shows itself through barking, aggression, attack. Many other factors can also be involved. In order to better observe and determine these, expert assistance on site would certainly be very helpful. In most cases a trainer is already sufficient. However, if it is not possible to "train out" this behavior with a usual training, it is advisable to either bring a behavior therapist on board or to work with a trainer who has experience with such situations. Best regards, your Hundeo team.

  4. Hello, we have the problem with our Mini Bulli (5 months) that he does not let the snapping be. After he has eaten he attacks everyone and also bites. Without that one would want to touch him. It is enough to sit at the table and he just comes and bites e.g. in the leg. He just doesn't want to accept an end to the snapping! We have already tried everything and no idea more.

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Hello Fabi, in such cases it is recommended that you contact an expert person on site (e.g. behavior therapist or trainer with experience in aggression). We wish you good luck and success in solving your problem. Your Hundeo team

  5. Hello, our dog, a mixed breed of Entlebucher Mountain Dog and German Shepherd, 3 years old, nipped the letter carrier on our property. The dog came running out of the house when the letter carrier was on the property. I immediately called him off and the dog also immediately ran to his corner. What can we do to prevent this from happening again? Should I ask the letter carrier to give the dog a treat when the dog is sitting next to me and the letter carrier?

  6. I have a German Shepherd (1,4years old). He bites at once for no reason. He bit my daughter. Without a reason. She always caresses him, loves him very much. What can be the reason?

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Hello Thushy, unfortunately this can have different reasons, which we can not judge without knowing the details. Therefore, we would recommend you to take support from an expert person who can also look at your dog's behavior in more detail on site - e.g. dog trainer*in, behavior therapist*in. Surely your vet can recommend someone as well. Best regards - Your Hundeo Team

  7. Hello together

    We are a family of 5 and have an Australian Shepard. He is 4 years old and he applies everything with us. We can do everything with him, he is very very good-natured. But unfortunately we have the problem that he is very sensitive to outsiders. We can't judge him well, so it can be that something doesn't suit him. When he was younger we had the problem on vacation that we could not sit anywhere in a coffee. He always lies under the table, but when a waiter comes he growls and rushes out from under the table. When Corona came he bit our great-grandfather because he approached our daughter from behind and grabbed her on the shoulder. Unfortunately, neither of us were there with him. Dan was actually two years no incident and we had the feeling that we have in the handle. Of course, we always took good care not to get into such a situation. Except for this week. Since our daughter tested positive for Corona we are all at home and my in-laws are taking him for a run. Unfortunately, it happened the second time today that he just bit a woman in the arm while walking by. Fortunately, both had a thick jacket on. What can we do differently? How so he does that?
    Thank you for your feedback.

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Dear Bea, thank you very much for your contribution. This must be a very difficult situation for you. In the case of aggression situations or an "overdeveloped" protective instinct that has already reached proportions where passers-by or family members are bitten "for no reason", a trainer with expert experience in the field of behavior therapy should be called in urgently. Until your four-legged friend has overcome this problem with the help of an appropriate support by an expert person, it would be advisable if your dog wears a muzzle when walking. The animal protection in your area or your veterinarian can certainly help you with the mediation. Kind regards

  8. Hello, I also have problems with my 5 year old bitch. I got her directly from the transporter from Romania with about 4 months. She was already very fearful and demanding as a puppy. I never knew if she would bite because of her fear - which fortunately never happened. At home she is used to visitors and is not conspicuous (but you still have to keep an eye on her). In the family she is loyal to all of us and the dearest dog. But outdoors, when going for a walk, it is a challenge every time. Encounters with other dogs is always an aggressive behavior on her part. A clanking chain often helps to get her out of the stressful situation. Without this chain she has already bitten me twice in the leg and our second dog (16 months) also several times. It stresses me very much to avoid encounters with dogs or is not always possible. Also playing together with other dogs is not possible. The young dog is always with me. For a tip I would be very grateful.

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Dear Elisabeth, in such extreme situations with a quite traumatized past, it is better if you consult an animal psychologist near you.

  9. We have a rough-coated dachshund who is our everything. He is now almost 15 years, showing the first signs of dementia, but until a few months ago everything was ok.
    Now all of a sudden he doesn't accept my husband as the pack leader anymore, growls at him when he just walks past him and has also bitten 3 times (1 time really bad). We now refrain from everything that gives him the feeling that he is on a higher level than his master (e.g. lying on the couch or on my lap), punish him when he growls and reward him when he stays calm. Also, on the advice of our vet, he is now getting hash cookies, but there is no improvement.
    I am already afraid to leave the house and leave my husband alone with the dog,

    Does anyone have any more tips for me? I am grateful for any advice, because it can not go on like this.

  10. Hello.
    We have a problem with our 9-month-old shepherd mix dog. She is constantly barking at the neighbors, so we already feel bad when she aggressively "flies" to the fence. When walking, she really barks at EVERYONE, including other animals. She is then really aggressive and only with effort to hold back, although most people do not pay any attention to her, sometimes even do not even approach her, but are turned away from her. Three times it has already happened that she has pinched acquaintances of us, yesterday it was even so that one of them has bled at the knee. He rode his bike into the garden and she sprinted off without warning and attacked him. We don't know what to do. We have now called in our dog trainer and also have our first "one on one" training tomorrow. But I would still like to know if it is at all possible to get rid of this behavior or if we have to live forever with an aggressive dog, because it really costs us a lot of strength and nerves and we feel partly also no longer comfortable in our circle of acquaintances and have the feeling that we are rather avoided ...
    Is there hope that we can get the behavior away with targeted training or is it a hopeless endeavor and she will always be "difficult"?

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Dear Jasmina, the shepherd dog belongs to the group of herding and driving dogs. Therefore, at the age of 9 months, it is perfectly normal for your dog to bark at passers-by or neighbors, as she instinctively tries to protect her space and the loved ones in it. She is also at an age where she is testing her limits. However, this behavior should be discouraged or redirected in a healthy direction with appropriate measures, for which you have already taken the first right step with one-on-one training. Therefore, you do not need to worry about this behavior persisting. With consistent training and the support of a professional, your dog will certainly become calmer.

  11. Hello, we had the following situation:
    BBQ at the neighbor on the roof terrace. Our Charly (about 1, 5 years old and neutered Chihuahua) knew the neighbor and was also already 2-3x on the terrace. He is the second dog, Canela is 5 years old and also a Chihuahua.
    To the BBQ appeared another 2 people who did not know our two dogs. Canela took it as always very relaxed. Charly, however, was quite excited and barked at the 2 people again and again. After a while this gave itself. Charly relaxed, stayed with Canela, slept on my lap. From the BBQ both dogs got something (handed by one of the two strangers). Then when the woman cleared the table, turned away to leave the patio, Charly ran after her and bit her calf so hard there was a big bruise and the calf swelled up. Less than an hour later, Charly also bit the man in the calf when he turned around.
    We have noticed that Charly often attacks other dogs from behind and bites their testicles. He consistently avoids other small dogs. When we meet acquaintances on the street, Charly sits quietly next to them, but as soon as we leave, he runs after the stranger and tries to grab his leg.
    We have now resorted to a muzzle to prevent more people from being harmed. The question now is why is he always so sneaky?
    What is the best way to start?

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Dear Katja, a muzzle is a good measure. Certainly not pleasant for Charly. With such behavior patterns, it is always advisable to contact a specialist on site, such as a trainer or behavior therapist, who would also have the opportunity to observe Charlie's living environment and his patterns more closely on site.

      I would not necessarily define his behavior as "sneaky". I would rather guess that he feels threatened by himself or his circle all the time. Even if it seems that he has calmed down in the meantime. The moment the person he perceives as threatening turns his back on him, he reacts and bites.

      Certainly, you also feel a certain hecticness and fear with every confrontation that he will strike again. This can also create a vicious circle, so that Charly misinterprets your hecticness or fear, which you radiate in the moments, and perceives it as a threat that comes directly from the acquaintances or strangers. The same applies to encounters with large dogs. Thus, his protective instinct is triggered and he reacts but only after these people or large dogs have passed him.

  12. Mrs. Pascale Rodius

    Hello dear Mrs. Mine.
    We have a 6.5 year old Havapoo. We got him as a puppy. He was the smallest of 5.
    The problem we have now lasts 2-3 years but he is developing more and more into Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Means: he is so extremely affectionate, likes to cuddle, is happy as a fool if we are only 2 hours out of the house and came back. You can take away his food as an example. He does nothing.
    When we take him with us, he acts like a pure "charmer". So we know this side also from our previous dogs.
    So now the "devil's side": He becomes more and more aggressive! He growls extremely, really shows his teeth and then snaps situationally after everyone here in the household who just wants to do what does not suit him.
    As examples:
    - you go with him somewhere in the car (dog box) takes him on arrival. No problem, he jumps towards me because he wants to go with me. I drive back home. He is already happy when we drive into the garage. Now I want to take him out of the box again. Then he sits down and growls at me. I insist that I only want to take him out of the box, lift him up. And already he shows teeth like a wolf! He knows that if I put him on the floor that he jumps up because he gets treats from my mother.
    - another brief example: I have to administer eye drops to him. Since I can't sit on my knees, I put him on a chair. He stands completely relaxed in the kitchen. I pick him up (with advance notice!) So what happens: he snaps at me and would also bite! If he sits on the chair, I have to immediately have the right grip to hold his muzzle shut to put the drops in his eyes. He knows the procedure from the FF and the drops do not hurt.
    Conclusion: He is becoming more and more aggressive and biting.
    I really don't know what else to do. I talk to him soothingly in every situation, stroke him and praise him when he was not aggressive. But nothing helps. I am in despair. I would take a coach but we live in Luxembourg and I don't know any dogcoach who is good.
    What should I do? Thanks for any help or tip!

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Hello Mrs. Rodius, thank you very much for the effort you have made to describe the situation to us. Surely there are expert dog trainers* in Luxembourg who can provide you with local support, which I think would be more useful and effective. A contact point would be for example your veterinarian. Possibly your vet can recommend someone to you.

  13. Hello,

    You write: "(...)Your darling does not become aggressive from one second to another. He gets more and more irritated by different factors. If he is then in a threatening situation, he also bites. (...)".

    I can't really agree with that. We have an animal welfare dog (German shepherd) from "bad" attitude. If a cell phone hums, e.g. in the fensehfilm o.ä. he jumps up, races the stairs up and VERSTECKT itself formally in the bathtub. Another Besipiel, I would like to buy me a new trouser belt, take off the old to measure the length, the shepherd behind me throws himself screaming on the floor. What must have elebt the before? We have him now 5 years, have to lock him away from every stranger, but even us he makes - apparently without cause suddenly on - .

    My son was visiting, the dog seems to like him incredibly, comes imm,er again, can be stroked cuddles. My son says goodbye wants against, the dog presses as if to say goodbye to him again, son tries to stroke, suddenly all hell breaks loose. Showing teeth, malicious, aggressive approach and snap in the arm.

    He does this kind of thing alternately with me or my wife. I have always had German Shepherds for over 50 years, NEVER one like this. This sudden "for us" unprovoked aggressiveness irritates and concerns us. I did not know biting incidents and such aggressions before. Yes, he becomes aggressive from one side to the other. SORRY. Normally he climbs on my lap, licks me, I can actually do everything with him, and then this changes as I said suddenly and unexpectedly. We don't really know what to do anymore. However, I don't want to put this guy down either, but I can't deny the danger either. I really like him...

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Hi Peter, unfortunately most shelter dogs have quite a sad and dismal history. The problem with shelter dogs is that you don't know exactly what factors trigger you so that they exhibit behavioral problems. Judging from your descriptions, he was probably abused with a belt. Probably the cell phone ringing is related to that or a door. Animals, but also humans, can be reminded of past experiences by secondary factors, because in these experiences not only the experience itself, but also indirect factors such as a cell phone ringing are stored. In such cases, an animal may react fearfully by, for example, hiding or attacking or becoming aggressive, or even both. I would strongly advise you to contact an expert person in the field of dog training or behavior therapy, so that your darling does not have to experience this dilemma again and again.

  14. My Susi, 8 years, a Maltese Bichon is a very affectionate kl. dog. Brought him 5weeks old from Spain should be euthanized. Our problem comes with. DOG DEFENSE. She is just snapping. There was One who dealt with her well by raising her voice. Unfortunately, the woman no longer does anything. We were now already at 5 hairdresser and had to go taught again, she resists at devil come out, so that even a muzzle is of no use. Maybe we should give her a tranquilizer? What do you think. The fur is getting longer.

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Hello, a tranquilizer tablet should be the last alternative and only under consultation of a veterinarian. The best alternative would be to visit a local dog school or animal psychologist. Reconditioning would be very difficult otherwise.

  15. Hello
    We have since almost 3 years a New English Bulldog.from not quite good attitude ..siblings dogs also conspicuous ..He will be in the beginning of 2023 5j alt.
    Cooper was 2j.alt when we got him there he had the previous owner already tried to attack the son ..with us he was until half a year ago dear u inconspicuous ... since just 1/2j. He goes against everyone u allem also my children so that only a daughter and I can lead him ..There is no visit nothing more with us ...immediately he becomes aggressive ...what can I do to rehabilitate him again ...blood test were made everything okay..maybe you know an advice lg ..Moni

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Hi Moni, this is certainly a very difficult situation for all of you. In such cases, a personal dog trainer with the involvement of a local animal psychologist, who has experience with aggressive dogs from poor husbandry, is probably the best solution. Contact points that may be able to recommend someone to you would be your veterinarian or also the animal welfare in your area.

  16. Steffen Richter

    Hello we have since 3 weeks an 8 year old Yorki from the animal shelter, since 3 days I am not allowed to approach my wife.
    He immediately goes after me and starts to bite. (he is neutered) During the day I am alone with him at home, everything is fine.

    1. Mine from Hundeo

      Hello, to reduce the risk of biting incidents, you might try the following:

      1. Train your dog the basic commands such as "sit", "down", "stay" and "come". This will allow you to better control your dog and show him when to stay calm.

      2. Avoid aggressive actions. This may cause your dog to be afraid of you and possibly fight back.
      3. Learn to read body language. If your dog shows signs of fear or aggression, you should end the situation as soon as possible and calm your dog down.

      4. Seek professional help. If you feel that your dog has a serious problem that you cannot solve on your own. Seek assistance from an experienced local dog trainer or behavior consultant who would also have the ability to observe your dog in certain situations to better decipher his behavior pattern.


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