There are several myths about dog aggression and it is normal to have fallen into them at some point, when we tried to better understand the behavior of a particular dog.
Although it is generally said that the dog is the “best friend of man” given its great capacity for empathy and sociability, there are few beliefs that continue to label certain breeds as “aggressive” for purely genetic reasons.
In general, canine aggression is understood aspredisposition of a dog to attack, either to another animal or to the human being. Barking, grunting, the intention to bite or certain gestures such as teaching teeth anticipate the threatening attitude of a dog.
In most cases this misconduct arises in response to retaliation, although it can also occur without prior provocation.
The origin of dog aggression
The great myth about this type of violent behavior is that which links its presence to certain dog breeds, so that it attributes to genetics all the responsibility of a bad act.
Faced with this prejudice rooted in races such as the rottweiler, the pit bull terrier or the doberman, thescientific community has evidenced the weight of the environment and parenting methods in the behavioral development of the animal.
A sample of this is that of the German shepherd or even pit bull himself, used as Police Service dogs as opposed to frequent bites of chihuahuas, pomeranians or Yorkshire terriers.
Thus, although there are races that have traditionally been raised in order to protect against others with a purely accompanying function, they will be the individual temperament and education of the dog what they end up defining their behavior.
Thus, it can be said that the majority of attacks produced by so-called dangerous breeds are due to dogs whose attack capacity has been reinforced, to the detriment of its socialization.
Another known myth is that which associates canine aggressiveness with the attitude of dominance. Given this, zoologists and ethologists agree that dogs clearly understand the difference between them and humans. In addition, they come to understand our body language and other orders, feeling bewildered when imitated.
Thus, that a dog does not act according to a mandate does not assume that it feels superior to its owner. Most likely, you will not understand it or do not want to abide by it, as in any educational process.
How to prevent a violent attitude?
When acquiring a dog, one of the most important responsibilities of the owners will be the proper educationof the animal This task will be especially decisive in the puppy stage, approximately during the first six months.
At this time, as the dog gets used to its new environment, it should be include the relationship with people, animals and even other people’s spaces.
On the other hand, during the months of tooth growth the animal will tend to bite. These behaviors should not be reinforced, as they could become an unwanted habit in adulthood. In the same way, the repression of these acts must avoid violent punishment, such as screaming or whipping.
When domestic education is unsuccessful, you should go to a canine trainer sooner. The more help is delayed, the greater the complexity of changing an unwanted habit, and may even increase in the face of harsh reprimands from frustrated owners.
In general, the current success of the relationship between dogs and humans is the result of a long process of domestication. Thus, promote good behavior, in a welcoming, emotional and disciplined environment, will be, in most cases, a guarantee of success in living with the dog.