Tips on How to Deal With Aggressive Animals

August 14, 2015

Dealing with an aggressive animal can be difficult and overwhelming. Typically when an animal is aggressive in some way it is because they are feeling afraid and the need to be defensive occurs. Sadly, sometimes, aggression occurs through training if a puppy at a young age falls into the wrong hands of an individual whose soul purpose is to train that dog to fight.  Thankfully, there are helpful ways to rehabilitate any animal that has aggressive issues so euthanizing that animal does not have to occur. You just have to find out the cause of the aggression and realize some essential key factors first.

Discover the Form of Aggression it Has 

Just as humans can act out in an aggressive way from hurt, animals can too. Animals have feelings and need lots of tender love and care. When animals do not receive the tender love and care they so rightfully deserve they begin to act out in ways that you may feel are dangerous such as biting, scratching, leaping at you, growling, or hissing. Remember, these are forms of self-defense in an animal’s mind. Learning the cause of the aggression will help you find a solution to it. Some forms of aggression in animals are:

  • Territorial Aggression
  • Defensive Aggression
  • Social Aggression
  • Frustration-Elicited Aggression
  • Redirected Aggression
  • Pain Elicited Aggression
  • Predatory Aggression

Retrain the Animal to Develop Better Behavior 

Once you have learned the type of aggression the animal is suffering from you can than safely help retrain the animal’s mind and rehabilitate it using the right training techniques. Thankfully, animal shelters have trainers that help rehabilitate an animal before they go out to new homes. However, if you do not have the privilege of receiving a rehabilitated animal from an animal shelter and need assistance call in a professional to help you with the process.

Show the Animal Tender Love and Care

Anytime you are rehabilitating animal you have to have patience and provide it with lots of tender love and care. You want the animal to begin to trust and feel safe again so it doesn’t  feel the need to defend itself. It is also essential you always show the animal you care and it is doing good in the training process by providing it with treats and toys it loves most. Providing the animal with comforting things they love helps with the healing process too.

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