Signs of Aggression in Dogs: Beware the Warning Signs

There are always signs of aggression in dogs – though sometimes subtle — to control his environment. Most loving dog owners will often miss the cues until the situation becomes dangerous. Dog aggression is frightening to witness.

Angry, out-of-control dogs are unpredictably dangerous. Dogs do not, however, become aggressive overnight.

The more I hang out on the Internet, the more horrified I am.

Just Google “Dog bites baby” and you will find horrifying videos of diverse breeds of dogs being videotaped, biting children.

Actually, don’t google it – Just take my word for it.  And, although it is horrifying, in some respects, it is important that the average person watch these videos so that they can understand more about dog behavior problems. I just wrote an article about two of these videos.

In the first video, the dog doesn’t show any blatant warning. I can see the signs the moment the video starts, but I suppose the average person doesn’t always notice the subtle signs. In the second video, a very blatantly aggressive small dog is held still while he barks, snarls, growls and snaps and a tiny hand is encouraged to pet this dog… until the dog reaches his limit and he lashes out and bites the hand.

 

 

This is totally the fault of the adult humans who are videotaping and holding the dog still. I am saddened that charges were not brought in this case, as the dog is clearly protesting and telling everyone that he is about to bite. Both situations are horrifyingly sad, because neither had to happen.

Both dogs are giving information that they are uncomfortable. But, I can assure you that I couldn’t continue to live with a dog that bit my child. Lack of training and socialization is almost always the cause for either people or dog aggression. It is so important the dog understands you are the leader.

As I’ve said in other articles, I do not subscribe to the need to “dominate” most dogs.

Most dogs will understand you are the leader if you just lead.dog behavior problems

The problem is, many people don’t know how to lead their dog or what their dog needs.

Instead they attribute human emotion to the dog – and dogs are not human and do not process the world the same way that humans do. If you think your dog might be showing any signs of aggressive or dominant dog behavior problems, please contact a professional dog trainer. A good dog trainer will teach you how to work with your dog and through simple exercises and obedience training show your dog you are the leader and that he or she can trust you!

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Why Is My Dog Aggressive?

 

To be able to truly understand how to avoid or stop dog aggression, you’ll need to find out what makes your dog aggressive in the first place.

It’s very rare for a dog to become violent out of nowhere.

Most often, the main culprit is a lack of proper socialization and training, but there are other circumstances that can contribute to this issue.

Here are the most common causes of dog aggression:dominance aggression

  • Pain or illness
  • Fear
  • Establishing dominance
  • Protecting territory or possessions

 

Maybe your dog has a stressor that makes him defensive, or he’s are acting out as a residual consequence of trauma.

In cases where your dog suddenly starts acting aggressive out of the blue, it is a very good indication that he’s signaling that he’s in pain or sick.

But how are you to know, for sure, what is the cause of your dog’s aggressive behavior?

 

Signs of Dog Aggression

 

In the first video, I hope that the mother is just too uneducated about dog language to notice the subtle signs, so let’s discuss and share the signs of dog aggression so these sad videos can cease.

It is crucial to respect what the dog is saying during both the blatant and subtle signs of aggression. Do NOT ignore these signs like in the second video.

There will always be a “first” bite and it could be devastating!

Blatant Signs:resource guarding

  • Barking
  • Growling
  • Lunging
  • Snarling
  • Nipping

 

Subtle Signs:

  • Stiffening (freezing of the body)
  • Looking away (note that dogs in both videos looked away prior to biting)
  • Hard dark pupils
  • Whale eye (flashing of the whites of the eyes just prior to the bite)
  • Trying to get away
  • Wagging (yes, a fast stiff wag is often seen prior to a bite)
  • Lips drawn back (this may look like a submissive grin but can also be a sign of stress – seen in the first video)
  • Lips forward (this often happens just prior to a growl with the lips tightening)

 

Body Posture and Dog Body Language

 

Both a fearful dog and blatantly dominant aggressive dog should be judged as a threat.

Checkout this great cheatsheet we created to help understand body language:

 


Signs of Dominance Aggression

 

Signs of dominant behavior include blocking people’s/dog’s path; barging through doors; demanding attention; territorial over sleep area; stop eating when approached and guarding the food bowl; mounting legs or other dogs; approaching another dog from the side and putting his head on the other dogs back/shoulder; inserting himself between you and another person or dog (e.g. when you and your significant other hug); and lunging at people.

Any one behavior may not turn into a big deal, but should be monitored.

If you are comfortable, you should discourage dominant behavior with training and diversions so your dog will look to you for direction.

Furthermore, unneutered males are more likely to become dominant aggressive. If you are not going to breed your dog, get him or her fixed! 

Not only to help reduce the likelihood of dominant behaviors, but to also keep the unwanted pet population down, and most importantly to prolong your dog’s life by avoiding health problems and diseases.

Recognize when dominant behavior crosses the line to aggression as dominant-aggressive dogs are dangerous.

The signs of a dominant and aggressive dog includes prolonged eye contact or staring, excessive barking, snorting, snarling, growling and nipping.

Dominant Aggressive Posture:

  • Ears HIGH
  • Tail HIGH, most likely will be wagging
  • Body stiff but leaning forward as if ready to pounce
  • Pulling forward
  • Lips drawn tight
  • Eyes hard and staring straight at you

 

Some Signs of Fear Aggression

 

Get Familiar with the characteristics of a fear aggressive dog, which is more unpredictable and difficult to predict. A fearful dog will display submissive body language. Look for ears held back; avoidance of eye contact; lowered head and body; tail tucked between legs; and submissive urination.

Be aware that dogs with defensive aggression dislike being touched and will bite out of fear. These dogs are usually a product of abuse. Only train with an aggressive dog under the guidance of a professional trainer and remember that staring down an aggressive dog, punishing, attempting to remove food or a toy, and touching or grabbing the dog or its collar can result in a dog attack.

Fearful Posture:

  • Ears tucked
  • Tail tucked (may wag)
  • Body stiff but tucked back, as if ready to run
  • Lunging forward and then running backward
  • Lips drawn up
  • Eyes hard and darting

 

Dog to Dog Aggression

 

There is people aggression (dog aggression towards people) and dog to dog aggression.

I want to talk a little about dog to dog aggression. Some signs of dog to dog aggression include:

  • Lunging
  • Posturing
  • Direct eye contact
  • Raised hackles
  • Pricked ears
  • Teeth exposed toward the other dog

 

Play bow, growling and barking is fine if the dog’s body language is still relaxed, however, humping is a sign of dominance.

It can be okay as dogs occasionally need to work out their own social ladder (at home), but it does need to be monitored and should not become excessive.

With two dogs displaying dominance, you need to closely monitor them and they should work it out.

Bottom line: Dog-dog aggression is treatable but nearly always requires the help of a trained professional (and lifelong vigilance). Doing everything you can to prevent it in the first place is a much better option.

 

Leash Aggression in Dogs

 

If your pooch is friendly and calm for most of the time, but starts lunging, barking and trying to bite as soon as you put on their leash, it’s a clear sign your dog is leash-aggressive.

Commonly directed at other dogs, this type of aggressive behavior stems from the fact that your pooch is feeling restrained and frustrated by their leash.

Although it rarely ends with a leash-aggressive dog attacking a canine passerby (after all, you’re holding the other end of the leash), it certainly is frustrating when your dog acts out in public.

This often happens when dogs are not trained on time and it can be a type of aggressive behavior that is the easiest to correct.

 

Social Aggression in Dogs

 

It’s all about the instincts in this case. Dogs are social animals who function in packs, meaning that there is a strict hierarchy in the household, even if you’re not aware there is one. Other pets might be lower in status, so a dominant dog will “remind” them who’s the boss every once in a while by displaying aggressive body language. In some instances, a dog can lash out at people that they consider the runt of their pack. The key here is to be assertive and act as the pack leader, rather than a two-legged beta!

Pain-induced Aggression in Dogs

 

Dogs are very good at hiding their pain, but if something is really bothering them, they might start growling or nipping.

Although this is perceived as aggressive behavior, it’s actually just a defense mechanism.

Injured dogs, for example, have been known to bite their owners while they were trying to help, so it is important to be careful when handling a dog in pain.

If you notice your older dog is starting to act aggressively out of the blue, chances are they are experiencing discomfort, pain, or even have an illness.

Rather than trying to correct the behavior, make sure to take them to a vet to eliminate any medical condition that might be triggering it.

 

Dog Breeds Predisposed to Aggression

 

There are many misconceptions about different breeds, but the most prevalent ones are about a dog’s aggressive tendencies. You’ve probably heard it already.

There are dangerous breeds, such as Pitbulls, Dobermans or Rottweilers, who are specifically bred to be bloodthirsty and aggressive.

The truth is… It’s a myth. There is no such thing as most aggressive dog breeds or least aggressive dog breeds.

And it’s not just my personal opinion: scientists have proved this time and time again.

Veterinarians agree when it comes to so-called most aggressive dog breeds. The only factors that contribute to aggressive behavior that are biological in nature are a dog’s age and sex.

For example, a dog that is poorly socialized, unneutered, and becoming sexually mature, might be more prone to aggressive outbursts than, let’s say, a spayed female of the same species.

The key to preventing dog aggression is good socialization, proper training, and lots of love. Breed has nothing to do with it!

 

These are ALL Very Serious Signs of Aggression that Should be Respected!

 

It is crucial to keep yourself, but even more crucial to keep your children from being bitten. Not all dogs like children. Some dogs even see children as prey.

You must be vigilant to educate your children and ensure that they are not bitten!

If I had children of my own, I would almost rather they be scared of dogs than running toward all dogs.

I would also rarely let them pet dogs, unless I was 100% sure that they were safe.

Dog mouths are the equivalent of human hands. Happy people use their hands to pat a head or tickle a chin.

Similarly, contented canines nuzzle and lick to convey affection or curiosity.

In both species, however, some use these instruments to communicate in harmful ways, ranging from annoyingly bossy to dangerously aggressive ones.

Dogs act aggressively when they are uncomfortable with a situation, and may growl to indicate their fear and frustration.

If your dog is growling at you, see if you can understand why. Is he growling when you interrupt his feeding, napping, or during a chewing frenzy?

Here, his growls are saying, “I want to be left alone.” The next time the situation arises, offer him a treat as you approach to show him that you come in peace.

Alternatively, is your dog growling while playing? As with kids, when dogs play, they express a lot of emotion, and your dog may simply be yapping playfully.

In interpreting your dog’s intentions, consider what else your dog is doing while growling.

Dogs who growl and stare directly at their trigger are showing more assertiveness than dogs who growl and withdraw.

The trick is in the parenting: good dog and puppy parents help condition their “children” to the stressor, and then teach their “child” coping skills.

Dogs bite when their fear or frustration has become overwhelming, especially if they aren’t taught alternative ways to soothe themselves.

Consider the dog who is held against his will, and, though growling, is still forced to greet a stranger, or the puppy who gets whacked repetitively for growling over a bone.

In neither case is the dog respected or taught how to better manage the situation.

My clients are often confused as to why their dog is only aggressive sometimes. This is normal.

The situations that trigger aggression are predictable and routine, and a dog may only express aggression in these situations.

 

Puppy Temperament Testing; Does it Really Benefit You?

 

While puppy temperament testing can provide some insight into a puppy’s personality, there are serious limitations on the temperament test’s ability to predict how a dog will behave when it reaches adulthood.

Far and away, the most important factor in an adult dog’s behavior is the training and socialization they receive throughout their life.

Any pup can be trained, regardless of how they perform on a temperament test.

There are two very distinctive camps when it comes to puppy temperament testing.

The PRO side who are very adamant about the positive results of puppy aptitude tests. And, the ANTI side who don’t believe that puppy temperament tests are valid for assessing what the adult dog will be like when he is older.

I suppose that I am somewhere in between these two camps. I have certainly temperament tested puppies that I have adopted and taken into training, hoping to get a glimpse into what the dog will be like one day. And, I have had and seen puppy temperament tests that have proven absolutely no validity later in life.

It is also important to note that it is much easier to choose a puppy and temperament test puppies from known breeds or purebred puppies, simply because it gives you more solid information. That is not to say that mix breed puppies in the shelter cannot give you some information, it just means that the information is less.

A short story versus a novel, if you will.

Figure out what dog temperament is ideal for your circumstances. If you want a dog with a known temperament or specific qualities, then it is best to adopt or purchase an adult dog. Adult dogs have developed their temperaments and behaviors. Puppies, like children, are constantly developing who they want to be when they grow up and are ever-changing. 

A confident puppy can develop into a nervous adult, or vice versa. A social puppy can even develop into an antisocial adult, despite socialization. But a social adult will mostly likely remain a social adult and an anti-social adult will likely remain antisocial or at least stand-offish and aloof.

You just can’t change inherent temperament. Having worked for many Service Dog organizations and started and run my own for years, I have seen hundreds of temperament tests on both adults and puppies.

 

Best Ways to Handle Aggression in Dogs

 

 

Aggression in dogs is a complex issue. There is no “easy fix” or an overnight solution that will turn your pooch into a well-behaved canine, especially if their aggression is in the severe stages.

However, with the right approach and a lot of patience, you can learn how to stop dog aggression in its tracks.

As is usually the case with all behavioral issues, prevention is the key. If you nip the problem in the bud, you’ll save yourself the trouble of correcting a major issue down the road. In most cases, being diligent with puppy training is what does the trick. Most aggressive dogs tend to display early signs, which, when noticed on time, can be solved.

These are some tried and true tips that can help prevent the development of aggression in dogs:

  • Discourage dominant behaviors
  • Watch out for signs of resource guarding
  • Pay attention to socialization – both with other pets and strangers
  • Use positive reinforcement training

 

If you adopted an adult dog with behavioral issues, or missed the symptoms of aggression in your pet’s puppyhood, there are still ways to stop aggression even when it becomes a serious problem.

 

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Final Thoughts

 

Living with an aggressive dog is not easy, but it’s not the end of the world, either. Even though it might seem scary at times, it is dog behavior problems that can be solved with proper socialization and training. Underneath that snarling and snapping, your dog might be just a scared, poorly socialized puppy. When given a chance, any aggressive or nervous dog can change for the better!

Depending on the severity of your dog’s aggression issues, the solution can be anything from a simple change in routine to working with a professional dog trainer. Whichever ends up being the right choice for you and your dog, just remember: it’s an effort well worth it.

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  1. Clare Watts says:

    I brought my children up to respect my dog/s and to leave them alone when they were sleeping, not to pull tails or ears or try and climb on them. I never left the children alone with my dogs when they were small. I was very careful when I brought a new born home that I made more fuss of the dog to avoid jealousy. My first dog and I were really close and had a super strong bond. When I brought my first baby home she wouldn’t come near me and wouldn’t take food from me for three weeks. However I made sure she came first with me and after the three weeks our bond was as strong as ever. She ignored the children for the most part. She really was a one woman dog. My second dog came along after the second child. The two dogs got on very well. So all in all I never had any problems mixing children and dogs. I think a lot of the problem is jealousy when the dog has been in the family and then a baby is introduced. Everyone is cooing over the baby and the poor dog who was probably the centre of attention pre baby is ignored. Recipe for disaster.

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  2. Kitty says:

    Holy smokes. I can’t believe they allowed that baby to stick is fingers in that snarling dogs mouth.

    Also the first dog was so afraid .. I hope that baby wasn’t severely injured.

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  3. Linda says:

    Why people “FORCE” a dog to be pet is beyond comprehension. That should not be dog owners

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  4. Mickey says:

    that first video was horrifying..and you can tell by that babys’ cry, it was not just a warning..it was a painful bite. SHAME ON THESE PARENTS for allowing that baby to even APPROACH a lying down dog in this manner. The dog is clearly showing signs of not being comfortable. The sad part besides the baby being bitten..is that I can almost bet they got rid of that dog as a bitter. POOR DOG. Poor baby of course…but POOR DOG.

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  5. Ellen Young says:

    Thankyou for this! I have first grandchild, the beautiful Shelby born 27/09/2017. She has yet to meet Charlie. My big soppy affectionate lump! I’m not going to be complacent when they meet! Will do it gently. I know he will be fine but will make sure my so is here, not holding baba, neither will I be holding Shelby. He is gentle with his girlfriend Tallulah, the chuahua but that’s different. When I brought my newborn son 30years ago, home from hospital, I sat on sofa holding him and within a minute Lucy our Cav King Charles Spaniel was next to us , licking his feet!! Best buddies for the rest of her life! But Charlie is a big boy! Hoping all will be well. He needs a child in his life, and I believe every dog deserves at least one child in theirs. Any advice?? Ellxx

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    Minette Reply:

    Dogs and babies don’t go together in a close up type meeting. Just rewarding the dog when the baby is around is enough to give the dog a positive experience and acclimate them.

    Then monitoring a toddler at all times is crucial.

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  6. Barbara Austin says:

    I don’t know what to do about my 10 weeks old 3 lb maltese puppy. Her mom whom we still have has played roughly with her since birth, and every time I pick up the pup, the pup nips me. I enjoy dog kisses, but even little teeth hurt my nose and ears. She goes for them anytime they are within reach. I think she is trying to play and show affection, but I want her to mellow down in play.

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  7. Michelle Kosan says:

    It absolutely angers me to tears when I see stupidity on the part of the owners/parents. I did a lot of dog training in the past years and now retired, mostly due to owners and their lack of listening, following thru on what we started, and expecting perfection when they get nothing back from their dog. It never stops…when I meet an owner that truly wants to work with their dog and learn and understand, they will have my absolute 150% help. People – please wake up and stop punishing the dog for human stupidity!

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  8. I agree that there should be charges bought against these adults.

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  9. Janet Igo says:

    Totally ignorant mother wanting to take a cute video of her baby discovering the dog, but knows nothing about dogs nor the warning signals they put off. The dog clearly was trying to tell her to remove the baby from it’s space and when no one would it reacted. I absolutely feel for the child, but I feel worse for the dog. Ignorance of humans is not a reason to destroy a dog!

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  10. Joan Boase says:

    Is hair raised at the back of the neck a sign of fear or aboth, or neither?

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  11. Michele Taylor says:

    I have always told EVERY person that has ever been near any of the dogs I have owned to keep their face away from them .my son went to a friends house knew the dog for years pet him every time he went over there.Well he went over one day walked in the door bent down to greet the animal and the dog bite him in the face not once but twice lots of stitches and the parents of the dog knew he was an aggressive dog because it had bitten their own child for no reason and they never warned my son or anything and even after my son was bitten badly by this dog they still kept the animal 😡😡😡

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  12. Crystal Roy says:

    That poor dog was screaming in his own way to let them know that he was very uncomfortable & wasn’t sure about the situation. That mother should’ve never allowed that to happen. I feel for the child, don’t get me wrong but I guarantee you that dog was more than likely beaten or deemed aggressive b/c of the stupid human. People have to realize that dogs, cats, horses, cows, etc… have their own language to warn/talk to us & it’s our duty to learn not only for their protection but ours. Too many animals are being euthanatized b/c of irresponsible owners & it’s wrong & needs to stop!!

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  13. Genella R Coop says:

    I FEEL SORRY FOR BOTH DOGS. THEY WERE BOTH NOT WANTING TO DO ANYTHING BUT WERE PUSHED BEYOND THEIR TOLERANCE LEVEL. PEOPLE SHOULD CONSIDER HAW THE WOULD FEEL IT THEY WERE IN THE DOGS PLACE

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  14. Robyn says:

    Ignorance is no excuse. People who own dogs should learn about them and learn how they communicate. In my opinion children and dogs should never be left alone and when they are together someone competent should closely supervise them. We stopped socialising with one of our neighbours because their kids were out of control and the parents didn’t appreciate me constantly telling the kids to stay away from my dog.

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  15. Matt Harkins says:

    I can assure you these warning signs are evident in a dog on dog situation as well. I work with dogs at a kennel/daycare and reading and respecting as well as (immediately) reacting to prevent biting of humans as well as other dogs is crucial. I stress immediately because it can turn extremely violent in an instant, especially with a dog on dog incident. Most dogs are not inherently aggressive, but stress, new environments, and a miriad of other factors can set off an otherwise friendly, loving dog. Always be mindful and in tune to your dog if ever around strangers, new people, new places, and babies especially! Dogs are love, be respectful of their boundaries so they may show that.

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  16. Matt Harkins says:

    This information should be a prerequisite to anyone getting a new dog, and for anyone who has dogs already. Everyone! Please share this so that it may never happen to another human or dog. People can prevent this, let’s not make dogs a victim of there own inherent behavior by our own inherent ignorance. Educate!

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  17. Matt Harkins says:

    Both. It can signal fear which can quickly turn into defensive aggression, or it can be a warning to another dog that he is not going to tolerate any approach from the other. Remove the “hair raiser” immediately from the situation. Do not scold or punish the dog for raising its hackles, it is only part of a dogs way of communication.

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  18. Nancy honeychuck says:

    She allowed the child to actually pull the dog’s tail. What is wrong with this person? Some kind of sadistic pervert? It was like she was using the poor Child to goad this poor dog to bite. Should be in jail for child and dog abuse. I’m Sure the child survived; the poor abused dog was probably not so lucky AND THIS WAS NEITHER THE DOG’S FAULT, NOR THE CHILD’S!!!

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  19. Gina S says:

    My parents have a beagle that was never trained. She was a tied up in the woods hunting dog the first 3 yrs prior to adoption. She greets all by teeth bared, hair raised agression. We were told not to give eye contact and to let her come to us years ago. Now she is fine with most adults but we have grandkids now. We adopted a 5 yr old girl and introduced my parents to her at their house. I varried her in and told her to not approach the dog. I thought she would be safe when i carried her.
    The dog whined barked hysterical howling then stopped. When she stopped she bit my dsughter on the ankle while she was on my lap.

    I offered free training for the dog to my parents and they refuse. So my daughter is not allowed to be there. Since then my granddaughter was born and i warned everyone of the bite. I refuse to do anything with that dog.

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  20. Jackie Houke says:

    Not to mention the possible liability it creates for you! I can just see one of those kids running full speed right into your poor dog and start grabbing at his face/ears/tail, etc. There’s a horrible situation waiting to happen before you could even have a chance to intervene! I totally agree…out of control children have no place around dogs. Or most other places for that matter! If it’s not clearly obvious, it’s a pet peeve (bad pun not intended!) of mine when parents don’t discipline their children and let them run wild like animals wherever they go. Why even have kids if you’re not going to take the time and effort to raise them properly?! This is why I have 3 dogs!!! Lol!

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  21. Sonny's Mom says:

    When a dog’s hackles are raised, it can mean several things. The dog may be alerting on something, aroused or overstimulated. DON’T try to figure out “what the dog thinks or feels”, but DO learn to read body language and work with the behavior. Chet can train you how to do this.

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  22. I couldn’t even bare to watch the videos. JUST looking at the photo of the dog in the first one made my skin crawl The dog obviously was uncomfortable. And ignorance is no excuse. Y’all may have seen the video of “the dog whisperer” (HA!) approaching a Golden who was backed into a corner (dog was “food aggressive”). He put the food dish down for the dog, and stayed squatted down in front of her. As she approached, he HOPPED forward towards her. More signs given by her. He did it again. Then on the third time he HOPPED forward and reached for her bowl, she BIT him ! We, watching, all knew it was going to happen. He then reached out and hit her! That didn’t help. So, ignorance is no excuse. Please read all Chet has to educate you. Dogs are wonderful, but we have to understand them.

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  23. Margy says:

    Very glad you have shared this. Confronting but so important to see. Folks simply don’t appreciate the speed at which things can unfold. It saddens me deeply to know just how few of the population bother to really learn canine body language. The situation provided all the ingredients for a horrible outcome. And what a tragic and avoidable outcome that was. My heckles were up from the moment I began watching. It wasn’t just knowing a bite was coming; it was seeing the dog displaying all the signals and know one did anything about it. I only hope that this video goes viral, but only if it’s powerful enough to prompt folks into educating themselves. Without that part, there will be continue to be more damaged children and more dogs euthanised.

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  24. Also panting is a sign of stress and I have seen this prior to a dog lashing out.

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  25. PicardLover says:

    Thank you for this important post. My dog is, generally, friendly and approachable, but doesn’t seem to know the difference between other (low status) dogs and children. So, when a child is in his backyard (play space), or picks up one of his toys, or something he perceives to be a toy, he tries to play rough or ‘correct’ the child for taking something without permission. Any thoughts on how to teach him to acknowledge that children are humans that he needs to respect will be greatly appreciated!

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  26. EVELYN says:

    I also hope the dog was not punished because of the owners stupidity! 🙁

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  27. Kim says:

    I heard that poor baby’s cry & knew it wasn’t just afraid & that it truly had been bitten. I felt horrible for it but I hurried & hit the stop button because when the lady dropped the camera to get the baby (I’m guessing) I was so afraid I was gonna hear her hitting the dog! Poor thing. Breaks my heart 😢

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