Dealing with aggression in your dog can be difficult. Most animals exhibit aggressive behaviors when they are scared or feel threatened, although some may just be aggressive by nature or trained by previous owners or handlers to act aggressively. It can be scary to deal with, especially as a new pet owner.
Fortunately, if your pet is exhibiting aggressive behaviors, there are lots of different methods that can be used to encourage more positive forms of behaving and expressing their fear or discomfort in certain situations.
The first step should always be to speak with your veterinarian, who can offer you the right resources and confirm that no behaviors can be attributed to any physical or mental ailments. They should also be able to point you in the right direction of a professional trainer or animal behaviorist who will be able to work with you and your pet.
If you’re unsure of how your pet is behaving around other people, ask the staff at you boarding facility or your dog walker if they’ve noticed any aggressive tendencies in your dog to ensure that any concerns are being properly addressed before they get out of hand.