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Inter-dog Aggression in Dogs
Inter-Dog aggression is a situation in which a dog appears to be excessively aggressive towards other dogs that reside in the same household or those who are unfamiliar. The behavior is considered to be normal at many times, but some of these dogs may become extremely aggressive due to genetic and learning factors.
Inter-dog aggression is much more common in non-neutered male dogs. Common signs often start appearing when the dog reaches an age of puberty, which is almost six to nine months old in dog years. Either that, or the dog becomes mature socially between 18 to 36 months. Generally, inter-dog aggression is a scenario mostly seen between dogs of the same gender.
Symptoms and Types of Aggression in Dogs
The most commonly seen symptoms of inter-dog aggression includes lunging, snapping, lip lifting, biting and growling towards other dogs. The behaviors then might be accompanied by submissive or fearful expressions and body postures such as backing away, licking the lips, tucking under the tail, and crouching.
Typically, when a severe inter-dog aggression incident occurs in the same household, one obvious behavior is mostly noticeable before the situation gets worse. One tactic your dog may use is blocking the other’s entrance in a room. A certain condition often triggers aggression, although the dogs usually get along without fighting.
Causes of Aggression in Dogs
The causes of this condition varies. A dog might become excessively aggressive because of the experiences he has had in the past, including neglect and abuse. A dog having a traumatic experience or in cases where they do not socialize with smaller dogs when they are young can be seen as examples. Dogs who are rescued from certain operations related to dog fighting also tend to frequent episodes of inter-dog aggression.
The behavior of the owner also influences a manifestation of inter- dog aggression (for example, if the owner shows signs of compassion for a dog who appears to be weaker by punishing the dog who appears to be dominant). Additional reasons for inter-dog aggression include painful/severe medical conditions, feeling the need to protect the territory or a certain social status or fear.
Diagnosing Aggression in Dogs
On an official scale, there is no proper procedure for the diagnosis of inter-dog aggression. Some of the common symptoms include non-aggressive, excited arousal and canine ‘play’ behavior. Laboratory tests like urine analysis, biochemistry usually yield results known as unremarkable. Although, if an abnormality is identified, it may help the veterinarian to find an underlying cause of aggression.
In case there lies a suspicion of a neurological condition, it may be necessary to get an MRI scan done so that it can be determined whether the dog has a disease which has or is effecting the central nervous system (CNS).