Pet’s don’t just go crazy for no reason. However, the root cause of your pet’s aggressive behavior may not always be clear. Nevertheless, there are some common causes for animal aggression that you should know so that you can quickly address your pet’s behavior before it becomes a habit.
Why Dogs Become Aggressive
Even the most easy-going dog may act aggressively if he feels he’s been backed into a corner. Fear is a big catalyst for dog aggression. Your dog may lash out if he perceives objects, people, or other animals as threats he must defend himself against. It’s best to teach your dog that people and other dogs are not a danger to him by exposing him to these things while he is a puppy.
Dogs will also display aggressive behavior when establishing dominance over another dog or person. Your dog may growl, bark, or bite so that his dominance is not challenged. If your dog is trying to establish dominance over you, this is an area where training again comes into play. Your dog must understand that you are in charge, not him.
An underlying medical issue is a root cause of dog aggression that is not so easily identifiable. Sick dogs, no matter how friendly, can lash out at you if they are in pain. If your dog has suddenly become more irritable and short-tempered, he may have a health issue that needs examining by a veterinarian.
Another less obvious catalyst for aggression is frustration. Dogs that are frequently tied up, kept in cages, or restrained become frustrated because they do not have the freedom of movement they desire. Interesting things and people are forever out of their reach and that can really stress them out. Try to allow your dog as much freedom as permissible, so that frustration does not drive your dog to act out aggressively.
Why Cats Become Aggressive
Cats hardly differ from dogs in terms of reasons for aggressive behavior. Fear, frustration, and pain are all common reasons a cat becomes hostile. If you see no obvious cause for your cat’s irritable or combative behavior, it also may signify and underlying health problem. Cats can hide their illnesses well, so these are critical symptoms to keep an eye on.
Cats do not like change and can become easily stressed out if their peaceful surroundings are disrupted. Adding another animal to the household, raising your voice, or even making sudden moves can put him on edge, so strive to make your home as calm and consistent as possible. The less stressful the surroundings, the happier your cat will be.