aggressive dogDogs display aggression in several different ways that make it quite obvious that they are not happy.  They may growl, snarl, bare teeth, snap, or bite.  If a dog is already displaying aggression, it may be to late to avoid an attack.  If, however, a person understands why dogs become aggressive, that person can prevent a possible dog attack.

A person who recognizes a situation wherein a dog may become aggressive can avoid either the situation or the dog.  The Humane Society of the United States has classified different types of dog aggression including:

  1. Fear-motivated aggression
  2. Protective aggression
  3. Territorial aggression
  4. Possessive aggression
  5. Redirected agresssion

Agression Due To Fear

A dog may become aggressive if he believes he is in danger of being harmed.  This fear-motivated aggression is a defensive reaction.  A dog may be fearfully aggressive when approached by other dogs or people he is not familiar with.  A dog may also be fearfully aggressive when he misinterprets a person’s intentions.  For example, a person may raise his arm to throw a stick, but the dog may become aggressive because he believes he’s protecting himself from being hit.

Agression Due To Territory

Dogs also can become aggressive when they are being territorial, protective, and possessive.  Territorial aggression usually manifests when a dog is defending property or territory, such as the dog’s yard or neighborhood.  Protective aggression refers to aggression directed toward people or animals whom a dog perceives as threats to his family or pack.  Dogs become possessively aggressive when defending their food, toys, or other valued objects.

Redirected Aggression

Another type of aggression in dogs is known as redirected aggression.  This type of aggression occurs when a dog is somehow provoked by a person or animal and is unable to attack.  The dog may redirect his aggression onto someone else.  For example, two dogs within a fenced yard may attack each other when provoked by another dog passing their yard.

Understanding the reasons a dog may become aggressive is important to prevent an attack on you or a loved one.

If you or someone you know has become the victim of a dog attack anywhere in Ohio, you have rights under Ohio law to take action. To learn what you can do and how to recover compensation for your injuries and damages, please call the Ohio dog bite lawyers at Slater & Zurz LLP for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191.  You may also send a message to schedule a time to talk that is convenient for you.

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