Aggressive Dog: 5 Warning Signs
An aggressive dog demonstrates dangerous behaviour like barking, growling and lunging directed at people and other animals.
Here are 5 warning signs of aggression you should not ignore:
- Growling & barking – Your dog’s anxiety level has been reached when your dog starts to growl. Even if there’s no apparent reason for you to think he’s going to do anything, don’t take any chances and give him some distance.
- Lunging & snapping – Your dog may lunge or snap at strangers when you’re out for a walk.
- Biting – A bite does not need to break the skin to be a warning sign. You don’t want to wait until your aggressive dog has bitten a child or another member of your family to find a dog trainer to curb this habit.
- Resistance to being touched – Your dog may not want to be touched when groomed or from certain directions like their head and shoulder area.
- Territorial – Your dog may start to growl when they eat or play with a toy if you approach too closely.
Causes can range from social anxiety, painful medical conditions, hormones and hypothyroidism. Always check with your vet when you observe signs of aggression in your dog so you can get help before your dog’s the cause of an accident or injury.
5 Herbal Remedies to Help Calm Your Aggressive Dog
You can choose from these 7 herbal remedies to help keep your dog calm:
· Chamomile tea – soothes away stress and can quiet down your Aggressive Dog hyperactive dog. Add 1/2 cup cool chamomile tea to your dog’s water bowl to reduce your dog’s stress.
· Ginseng – a perennial plant that promotes relaxation. Add 1/2 cup cool ginseng tea to your dog’s water or his food bowl. If you choose ginseng in capsules, give your dog 1 capsule daily.
- Lavender – a fragrant essential oil that creates a calming or sleepy sensation to relax your aggressive dog and his central nervous system. Rub lavender oil into your dog’s skin around his neck Aggressive Dog before a ride in your car and see if he’s more relaxed. Spray a light lavender mist on his body before you go on walks. You can also use lavender in your home to relieve your dog’s separation anxiety, stress, tension, headaches or migraines.
- Lemon peel – helps calm your aggressive dog if he has anxiety. Add 1/2 teaspoon grated, chopped or finely minced lemon to your dog’s food at morning or night.
- Valerian – an essential oil that calms your dog’s nerves due to separation anxiety and loud noises including fireworks and thunder. Apply oil to your dog’s throat, chest and forehead.
Now you’ve read about the warning signs of aggression in dogs so you can seek help before it’s too late for your dog to change his behaviour. I hope you’ll try one of the 5 herbal remedies to keep your aggressive dog calm.
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