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Frustration Can Make A Dog Aggressive

Sunday, March 17, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There are many reasons why a dog may become aggressive ranging from illness to possessiveness. Today we are going to focus on frustration.

Aggression that’s caused by frustration is often referred to as redirected aggression or barrier frustration. It occurs when a dog is frustrated at not being able to get to something and takes its frustration out in another way. This type of aggression is often seen in dogs that spend a lot of time tied up, restrained on a leash, or behind a chain-link fence.

For example, a dog that’s chained in a yard may spend the day┬ástraining to get to a dog that lives across the street or in an adjacent yard. The restrained dog usually barks and growls more fiercely as the frustration grows. When the owner approaches, the dog may redirect its frustration and bite the owner. Thanks to The Spruce Pets for providing this information.

Proper training is key to help avoid frustration and aggression. We will cover this topic in a future post.

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