We received a comment on our previous Breed Specific Legislation post and thought we’d take this post to answer some of the questions raised by our reader!
We all like to think that dogs are cute, playful and friendly animals but unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Extending from our discussion about Breed Specific Legislation, we at Pledge For Paws think that it’s important to bring light the importance of a dog’s ‘temper’.
Contrary to ‘popular’ belief (*cough BSL), dog aggression stems from a dog’s frustration and dominance. We often hear of people incorrectly blaming breeds but to put it simply – any bread can cause trouble. You can have an aggressive pit bull or even an aggressive chihuahua. It’s also been considered that the size of the dog matters. Damage done by a ‘violent’ pit-bull will be much greater than damage done by a ‘violent’ chihuahua! However, in saying that, it’s definitely not the fault of the breed. It all depends on how we, as owners, treat and manage our dogs.
We’ll describe the root causes of some forms of aggression:
- Fear and aggressive dogs: Lack of dog exercise is the root problem. Dog exercise burns the dog’s excess energy and helps maintain the dog’s healthy state of mind.
- Dog on dog aggression: This is where the owner plays a big part. They want YOU to be the leader here. You need to earn your dog’s trust, loyalty and respect so that they establish you as the leader and not other dogs.