Puppy Aggression Towards Owner

Dogs’ Aggression Towards Familiar People


Dogs with dominance, fear, or predatory aggression

While some dogs believe that their behavior is normal, it can be impulsive, unpredictable, and even dangerous. Growling, lip lifting, barking, snapping, lunging, and biting are examples of aggressive behavior. Because there is no known cure for aggression directed at family members or other people familiar with the dog, treatment is currently aimed at controlling the problem.

Symptoms and Types

It can be difficult to tell whether a dog is acting abnormally aggressive. Aggression is frequently displayed near the dog’s food bowl, toys, and when the dog is handled. This type of aggression is usually directed at people who are familiar with them, such as their handlers or family members.

Aggression can be seen frequently, and it isn’t always directed at the same person. Aggression is frequently manifested as:

  • Tucking ears behind head
  • Snarling
  • Aversion to the eyes
  • Biting
  • Lunging

Most of the time, an animal being mean to familiar people is a sign of a serious problem. However, an animal may become mean after a painful medical procedure or if it is in pain all the time.


Some breeds are aggressive to a greater degree than others. Spaniels, terriers, Lhasa Apsos, and Rottweilers are among these breeds, but aggression can occur in any breed. Aggression is more common in male dogs than in female dogs between the ages of 12 and 36 months. Medical conditions and the side effects of medical procedures can make an animal aggressive toward people they know. The dog’s aggression can also be caused by harsh or inconsistent punishment from its owner.


Your veterinarian will look for fear-based aggression, anxiety disorders, and pathological disease during a medical examination. A traditional blood test, on the other hand, is unlikely to reveal any abnormalities.


Aggressive animals that attack people they know require intensive behavior modification and possibly medication. Aggression-provoking situations are eliminated or controlled in behavior therapy. Veterinarians will assist the owner in identifying the triggers and behaviors so that they can be addressed. Until the behavior is under control, some dogs will need to wear a muzzle. Affection control (getting the animal to obey a command before giving them treats) can also help with behavior modification. Desensitization can also reduce the animal’s sensitivity to anxiety and fear.

Physical activity can sometimes aid in the reduction of aggression in dogs. Aggression has been reduced by eating a low-protein, high-tryptophan diet. Even though there are no approved drugs for treating aggressive dogs, it is often suggested that aggressive male dogs be neutered.

Management and Life

The treatment recommendations given to reduce aggression are meant to be followed for the rest of the dog’s life, and the owner should adhere to them strictly and consistently. At this time, there is no cure for aggression.


One of the best ways to avoid aggressive animals is to avoid breeding them and to start socialization and hierarchy training at a young age.


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