Do you have a good dog
or a bad dog? That question and its answer are actually misleading as we
should really be looking for abnormal behavior, not "good or bad.” A
responsible owner recognizes this behavior in their dog and works to address
the issue before it escalates into a dangerous situation.
Check out the 11 dog behaviors below to see if your canine is
showing aggression signs.
Licks nose: A calming
, a dog will lick its nose to show comfort and happiness.
Sits and paws owner:
, dogs’ paw at their owners to get their attention, whether
that’s wanting head scratches or reminding you that it’s time for them to eat.
Turns head away from
: Dogs will do this to get a
of your intentions.
Walks away when called: This behavior can be classified
passive or active disobedience. The dog may not come to you because
it feels vulnerable doing so or does not understand why it must.
Crouched with tail
tucked between legs
: This is a sign of submission, usually when the dog is
feeling vulnerable or anxious.
This can be a sign that the dog wants to be friendly or is anxious.
If the pup’s ears are flattened against its head, it’s
frightened and may nip or snap.
: A fight or flight response, when a dog stiffens and its hackles rise,
they’re signaling that they’re ready to physically defend themselves.
Growls: A defense
mechanism, a dog’s growl warns others to
Nips and Snaps: Nipping
or snapping, whether at you or other dogs? The dog is signaling to stay away. They’ll
typically first signal in the air to demonstrate that next time they’ll bite.
Bites: Bites are reactionary.
A dog will bites if they’re frightened and believe they need to defend themselves.
They’ll also bite if they’re territorial, trying to protect their food or