Aggression is one of the most common reasons people seek Mooresville dog training. Aggression in dogs covers a wide range of behaviors, and learning to recognize them can give you the necessary lead time to de-escalate a potentially dangerous situation. Over the course of the next two blogs, we will be looking at how to recognize aggressive behaviors, and also how to calm down a dog who is getting worked up.

Body language matters

Body language is a key indicator of impending aggression in dogs. If your dog suddenly becomes very still and rigid, is showing their teeth, or seems defensive in any way, it is a good sign that they are warning you they are in an aggressive mindset.

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Your dog will also give off oral clues that they are feeling aggressive. Many dogs will use a deep-throated, guttural bark when they are feeling aggressive. They will likely escalate this to a full-fledged bark, while showing their teeth, which is referred to as a snarl.

As you can see, there are a wide range of behaviors that can indicate aggression. It is important to tune in to your dog’s personality every single day so that you have the ability to recognize the differences in their mood. If you need help learning to do this, we can help. We are the dog training experts in Mooresville. Call today to set up your first training session, and stay tuned for our next installment, where we will go over some steps to calm down an aggressive dog.