Put an end to your dog’s aggression towards other dogs before it easily gets out of control and ends in an injury or fight.
Dog aggression occurs much more frequently in non-neutered male dogs.
Common signs usually start appearing when the dog reaches puberty (between six and nine months old) or becomes socially mature at 18 to 36 months.
Generally, inter-dog aggression is more of a problem between dogs of the same gender.
The most common symptoms of inter-dog aggression include growling, biting, lip lifting, snapping, and lunging towards another dog.
These behaviors may be accompanied by fearful or submissive body postures and expressions such as crouching, tucking the tail under, licking the lips, and backing away.
Typically, before a severe inter-dog aggression incident in the same household occurs, more discreet signs of social control will become noticeable.
One tactic a dog may use is staring and blocking the other dog’s entrance into a room.
A specific condition sometimes triggers aggression, even though the dogs normally get along well. Causes of Dominant Dog Behavior (Dog Aggression Towards Other Dogs) The causes of this condition vary.
A dog may have become overly aggressive because of its past experiences.
For example, it may not have socialized with other dogs as a puppy, or it may have had a traumatic encounter with another dog.
An owner’s behavior may also influence a manifestation of the condition (e.g., if an owner shows compassion for a weaker dog by punishing the more dominant dog).
Other reasons for aggression are fear, wanting to protect territory and social status, or a painful medical condition. Selective breeding and genetics are also a factor.
Dogs bred for fighting, such as pit bull terriers, tend to exhibit inter-dog aggression more frequently.