There is absolutely nothing more inaccurate then the assumption and blaming of a particular breed for a specific behavior. More often than not, its blaming a breed for having aggressive tendencies. To put it simply, aggression is not a behavior occurring naturally in the wild. It does appear, but not for the same reason it does when a dog is with humans, and certainly not to the level it reaches with humans. When viewing a pack of wolves, a common observation is lots of teeth and biting and everyone thinks that is aggression. To label that as aggression is like labeling a mother and father telling their kid to behave is abusive. Dogs have a different way of dealing with things and that is manipulating things with their mouth. Some of these actions can appear vicious and it would obviously hurt a human if practiced with them. But in reality that is the way the dog deals with things and makes rules known.
Aggression occurs when dogs live with humans and their needs are not fulfilled. When the dog is improperly socialized it becomes fearful of unknown things and will defend its self and its pack against these new things. When us humans take dogs into our homes we are accepting a huge responsibility and with that we need to learn what all of that requires.
One of the most important parts of acquiring a puppy is socialization. This is EXTREMELY important because you are the dogs gateway to this world. Puppies should be exposed to everything you can possibly expose them too, and it must be handled in the most appropriate way so the dog learns how to properly deal with situations.
One of the biggest mistakes us humans make, is sharing affection at the wrong time.
When your dog acts fearful you must react the way you expect your dog to react. If your dog runs from the bag on the ground just act like its nothing. If we coddle the dog, pet it and hug it the dog will feel this state of mind (being scared of this item) is the way to deal with this situation and will continue to react the same way. Creating a fearful dog.
This can happen with ANY breed. It often happens to the smaller breeds but because of their size, the aggression is not addressed properly and not worked on as seriously as you would HAVE to with a large breed.
Dogs can also become aggressive because lack of proper leadership. When a dog is living with humans, is never exercised, never practices calm submissive personality, and is always allowed to dominate its humans, it will become neurotic.
Having a dog means another being to fulfill. Although its easy to humanize our dogs, add human emotions and human thoughts to them, and treat them like a child, they still have their doggie needs. We can easily ignore these but some breeds and even just some personality types in dogs NEED this exercise. Dogs will find their own way to exercise themselves and we humans usually don't appreciate the ways they do this.
-Digging -Barking -Acting crazy in the house etc.
The dog will begin to get frustrated and it will build up. So then when you DO decide to take your dog for a walk, lack of exercise coupled with lack of handling will lead to a dog yanking you around your neighborhood until YOU'RE tired.
Once you start respecting your dog and its needs the dog will respect you.
With that respect you can achieve anything with your dog.
This will also avoid any aggression possibilities with your dog. Larger more powerful breeds, and more wolf like breeds can obviously do the most damage. When a person doesn't properly fulfill their dogs needs these large breeds doing the most damage when unbalanced make the news. Its VERY important you practice calm assertive energy with your dog and return asking your dog to practice calm submissive energy while also fulfilling all of your dogs needs. With that you will receive RESPECT from your dog. To ban a breed is ignorant. What we should focus on is more ethical treatment of dogs, including education on how to properly handle dogs and better understanding of dogs behavior to achieve a better relationship with our dogs.
How your dog ends up is YOUR doing.
Woofs & Wags