Dogs that are protective of their territory have its benefits. It alerts the family of any intruders and other similar events. However, when territorial protection is over the top, this can be described as territorial aggression.
Dog Territorial Aggression:
- Dogs display territorial aggression to protect people and places, with or without a threat.
- Territorial aggression may be directed at strangers, someone who is not well known to the dog, or even to a household member from another.
- This type of aggression starts with an alarm bark and then escalates to lunging and biting.
- This type of aggression is even more dangerous especially if the dog has the confidence to bite strangers.
- By definition, territorial aggression should only be expressed towards members of the same species. However, some dogs, especially domestic dogs, tend to see other people as part of the same species thus resulting in territorial aggression towards humans.
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Dog Territorial Behavior:
- Dog territorial aggression can be motivated by two factors.
- One factor is to exert dominance.
- Another factor is a result of fear or anxiety.
How to Deal with Dog Territorial Aggression:
- Use safety precautions. This includes keeping doors secured, the dog should be constantly supervised, exercises should be done in safe places only, and posting a “Beware of Dog” sign.
- Rule out medical illnesses. Some diseases cause the dog to be overly anxious thus the display of territorial aggression.
- Establish a Leadership Role. This applies for dogs with dominance behaviors.
- Ensure the dog receives adequate exercise daily.
- Feed the dog a healthy non-performance diet.
- Enroll the dog for obedience training.
- Use of head halter or muzzle.
- Avoiding confrontation.
- Use of counter-conditioning which interrupts the dog during aggressive behavior.
Dog Territorial Aggression Training:
- This is similar to obedience training.
- Both the owner and the dog should attend this class in order for the dog to follow the owner’s commands and not rely on the trainer.
Overtime, this training will help minimize the dog’s aggression when it comes to protecting its territory.
Kitten Behavior Problems
Kittens are generally looked at as cute and cuddly creatures. However, not all kittens come in a good package. They can manifest different kinds of behavior problems depending on their temperament and their background.
- Feline aggression ??” scratching and biting.
- Play aggression ??” this diminishes as the kitten grows older.
- Aggression towards other cats ??” can be in the form of dominance, fear, territorial or redirected aggression.
- Predatory aggression ??” hiding, stalking and also killing of small birds and rodents.
- Medical problems ??” some behavior problems or changes are caused by underlying medical conditions.
- Feline fear ??” an excessively fearful and irrational cat.
- Separation anxiety ??” manifests as inappropriate urination among others.
- Thunderstorm phobia ??” extremely fearful during thunderstorms.
- Compulsive behaviors ??” excessive grooming.
- Feeding compulsion
- Hoarding behavior ??” collecting and hoarding of shiny objects.
- Hyperesthesia ??” hallucination, acting manic, possessed, and schizophrenic.
- Psychogenic alopecia ??” hair pulling compulsion.
- Furniture scratching ??” cannot be stopped by simple reprimand.
- Jumping on counters and other areas
Kitten Behavior Biting
Kittens that bite are hard to care for. Kittens must learn to stop biting so that they can be properly cared by owners.
- Kitten biting can start from play aggression.
- When play aggression is tolerated, kittens begin to think this is okay.
- The problem comes when the kitten grows into a full-grown cat and their bites may become even more painful.
- When playing with a kitten, divert its attention away from the hand and offer a toy instead.
- Tell the kitten in a stern voice “No” when it starts to bite.
- When the kitten bites with the owner unaware, try to move as little as possible. Movement will make the kitten think that the owner is playing along.
Kitten Behavior Training
Behavior training can be done by a professional or by the owner.
- Behavior training can be started early.
- Behavior training will help kittens know what is right and wrong behavior.
- This type of training uses the reward and punishment method to help the kitten know what is allowed behavior and what is not.