A dog with anger issues is a rarity; if they are lashing out and aggressive, it is an indication that something is wrong. A canine that is well-fed and well cared for should not display aggression, least of all, towards their humans. All dogs, regardless of size, require some form of suitable activity and exercise, and your life must adapt to suit the needs of your pet.
On occasion, a dog may appear angry when he is just expressing excitement; in this case, your pet needs proper training and discipline. Training can be time-consuming but worth it in the end, as you will have a happy, obedient dog. It is worth noting that training is more effective from puppy-hood, it can be more of a challenge with an older dog, although, not impossible.
If you are adopting a new dog, naturally, you will want to take steps in preventing an angry dog. As a dog owner, you must familiarize yourself with angry dog noises as well as their body language.
Examples Of Angry Dog Noises
A dog may sound angry, and his noises sound frightening, but these noises don’t necessarily mean that he is angry. Whether it is your dog or an unfamiliar dog that’s angry, you must learn to read the dog and review his body language to determine whether he is feeling hostile or not. Let’s consider the following tell-tale signs of angry dog noises in addition to their body language:
1) A Low And Continuous Growl
This sound is a warning from your dog who is trying to communicate that he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he is annoyed, and is asking you to stop
(perhaps he doesn’t like how you’re petting him). The solution is simple, stop what you’re doing and leave him be; otherwise, he will start baring his teeth, and he may even attack you.
2) A Sharp And Short Bark
This sound is another warning from your pet, who’s telling you, “enough already.” In this case, he is trying to bring an end to an unpleasant situation. He might want to go outside straight away, and he doesn’t want to wait any longer.
3) Repeated Howling
You will hear your dog’s pitch increasing, getting louder each time. This sound doesn’t mean he’s angry; he wants your attention, don’t continue to ignore him, or it could escalate to severe expressions of anger.
4) The Dog Barks Loudly In Your Direction
There is no mistaking this sound for what it is; this is a clear indication that this dog is angry with you. A dog that is expressing aggression will attempt to make himself as large as possible. An angry canine will stiffen his body, his fur will puff out, and he will stare without blinking.
Visible signs of stress will appear all over his face. His mouth will be very wide, teeth bared, and his nose wrinkled. All the weight of his body will be on his front legs. You must not stare at your dog, don’t do anything to provoke him. You are wise to walk away, allowing him time to calm down.
Preventing Canine Aggression
If you encounter an unfamiliar dog who appears to be angry, the best thing you can do is to back away from him slowly and avoid eye contact, leave him alone. Dealing with a mad dog is no joke, and if you have children, you do not want to expose them to an aggressive canine.
If you are considering adopting a puppy, you have the opportunity to train him to be good. You must ensure that your dog never bites or attacks anybody, including you and your family. The following are steps you must take as a responsible dog owner to curb anger and aggressive play in a puppy:
1) Spay/ Neuter Your Puppy
If it is your dog, spaying and neutering is a no-brainer. The benefits of spaying or neutering your pup cannot be overstated. Neutering a male puppy can be done anytime after eight weeks, and a female can also be spayed after eight weeks. Getting your dog fixed improves his health and lessens canine aggression; it makes your dog docile and more pleasant to be around.
2) Make Sure That Your Dog Is Gets Enough Exercise
Most dog breeds require 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Even toy breeds need lots of exercise if it’s just indoors. Play must stimulate the mind and body of a dog to prevent boredom, which often leads to bad behavior and aggression. Your dog needs chew toys, he needs to run up and down the stairs of your home, and most of all, he needs you to engage in play with him. With all of that said, avoid rough play with your pooch, as this can encourage aggression, play must be energetic, never rough.
3) Establish Yourself As Top Dog
You must train your dog to obey your commands; no must mean no, repeat commands as necessary. Never shout at your dog or provoke him, instead, use positive reinforcement to establish good behavior. Offer your dog treats and praise him when he obeys you. Dogs are smart and will quickly make the association between good behavior and receiving a reward.
4) If All Else Fails, Take Your Dog To The Vet
If your pooch is uncharacteristically aggressive, something is out of balance in his life. He might be ill and doesn’t want to be touched; he may even lose his appetite. You must bring your dog for a check-up, there your vet can determine what is wrong with your four-legged companion and advise you on the necessary treatment.
If you encounter a hostile dog that you’re unfamiliar with, walk away slowly and give the animal time to calm himself. If you adopt a dog, you are responsible for his behavior, modifying an older dog can be challenging but not impossible. If you bring a puppy to your home, you have the advantage of training your pup to be the fantastic companion you know he can be.
Study your dog, get familiar with angry dog noises and body language. Dogs are not passive-aggressive, they can be loyal and submissive to a fault, but if they express anger, you must act with urgency.