Aggression – This can include a number of different issues depending on the dog.
- Food issues, including counter surfing – Seeking out and taking advantage of any possible source of food is part of a dog’s genetic makeup but likely not something you want your dog continuing to do.
- Dog on dog aggression – This can be a very dangerous situation not only for the dogs involved, but for any person who tries to intervene. It can show itself through growling, lunging, or snapping at another dog. But it can also manifest itself in extreme submissiveness and fearfulness around other dogs.
- Human aggression – This is probably the most serious offense a dog can commit. Growling at, snapping or biting a human is not a behavior that can be tolerated from a member of your family. Getting to the bottom of the issues and retraining them is a complex process.
- Mouthing /Biting – Much like a human baby, a dog uses its mouth for more than just eating. They use their mouths to explore their environment as well as to give displays of affection. Teaching your dog when mouthing or biting is not allowed is crucial if he is to be a part of your family.