Dog Aggression Toward Humans
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

When dogs display aggressive behaviors towards humans, their actions must be taken very seriously. Problems of this nature require the guidance of a certified dog trainer who is experienced in aggression and typically, a clinical behaviorist. Clinical behavioralists are veterinarians with a specialty in animal behavior and their skills are invaluable when rehabilitating human aggressive pets.

Virtually all aggression stems from fear. Dogs that exhibit aggressive behaviors are often labeled as bad and are quickly euthanized. However, many of these dogs can become safe family pets if they are given appropriate training, environmental control and a chance. It is critical to state that dog to human aggression is not something a dog owner should attempt to correct without professional guidance. Safety and precaution are warranted.

The most common causes of dog to human aggression are:

o The dog is fearful because he has not been properly socialized. Fearful dogs often hit out of fear or display aggressive behaviors as an offensive strategy. This tactic works very well for a frightened dog. In most cases, humans avoid a dog if he is aggressively barking, growing or making threatening gestures. Thus the dog learns that this type of behavior prevails what he fears the most (humans) from approaching him.