Can dogs pet other dogs?

When the dog is aggressive towards other dogs

Your dog has had bad experiences in the past

Bad experiences can leave their mark on a dog's life. If your dog has encountered a dog while walking that has frightened or even injured him, his aggressive behavior acts like a protective shield: "If you come too close to me, you will feel it". Dogs from animal shelters are also often severely traumatized and reflexively react to strangers with aggression.

Your own behavior unsettles your dog

If you yourself are afraid of other dogs attacking your dog when you go for a walk, your body language and your behavior can make your dog feel uncomfortable. Your dog offsets the danger you see in other dogs with aggressive behavior.

Your dog is sick or in pain

Dogs communicate differently than humans. Your dog's body language and behavior are his means of communication. A change in behavior can mean an expression of pain. In order to protect itself from being touched by other conspecifics, it now reacts aggressively. At home, make sure that your dog growls when you are petted and that it becomes aggressive towards you. Do you think your dog is sick? Then it is necessary to go to the vet.

Lack of social behavior

Reflect on your own dog training by looking at your dog's social environment. Is your dog often alone and hardly has any dog ​​friends? Then your dog is simply overwhelmed when walking when he meets strange dogs. Raising your own dog in isolation and keeping it away from social contacts is not a species-appropriate dog training. After all, your dog learns from you what behavior is right towards other dogs - if he doesn't meet dogs, he can't learn anything.

Your dog wants to be in control

Aggression in dogs is a means of communication and is also referred to as a “means of increasing distance” (Feddersen-Petersen, Dorit (2004): Hundepsychologie - Social Behavior and Beings, Emotions and Individuality. Stuttgart: Kosmos Verlag.). This means that a dog tries to create spatial distance by asking its counterpart to distance itself through its aggressive behavior. But especially when walking on a leash, it is only possible for the dog to express this to a limited extent, which makes it even more aggressive. His desire for control grows.

There are various areas that dogs want to be controlled, e.g .:

  • The territory: For dogs, “my street = my territory” applies. Extremely dominant dogs sometimes even consider the whole world to be their territory.
  • The resources: For your dog, its food, its toys and its owner are resources from which it derives pleasure. Therefore, the toy or treat in your hand or pocket will be defended by him. But your own pack or the dog owner can also be resources for your dog that he wants to protect.tip: To find out if that's why your dog is aggressive, let your dog walk with another human and pay attention to their behavior.
  • The competitors: Especially uncastrated males and also bitches want to show who is in charge and has the greatest rights. This is especially felt by same-sex conspecifics.