Territorial aggressiveness

Dogs are, essentially, animals of habits, and one of the deepest is the defense of its territory.

As its ancestor the wolf, dogs limit what they consider its territory in multiple ways:

  1. with the urine spraying a small quantity each time in different places; it stands out the way in which the males try to urinate as high as possible that it impregnates rocks and trees so the air may take its odor, characteristic of his own personal mark.
  2. with the feces the same as the urine, but on the ground and
  3. rubbing its body against the trees or scratching their surface. These are three ways dogs have for leaving their presentation card. By doing this the dog is not only developing a psychological function but it is also warning his peers of which are the territories that he feels are his.

Exemplars that in no other time would show an aggressive conduct will do it when choosing to defend what he considers its possessions. In the supposition of house property, it is not a problem for our dog to act like this. He is defending it from strangers being them humans or animals which he conceives as exclusively his.

It is none the less curious to observe how exemplars from determined breeds conceived as low races in what defensive territorial attitude is concerned (golden retriever, cocker spaniel, Siberian husky, etc.) act as the best watchdogs do at the time of protecting their house. If someone tries to penetrate his precinct and the dog shows symptoms of territorial aggressiveness (growling, barking, and delimiting of his territory running from one place to another), you can be sure that he will be received in not a friendly way.

However, before the exteriorization of the dog as above mentioned not FEF owners think the following: What a great watchdog I have! He will eat the first that would try to get to get in! In reality and in many more cases than you would think what the dog is trying to tell you with this conduct is another thing: come and give me a hand something is happening that I am not able to solve by myself! …

Anyway, it is useful to know how to interpret in a correct way this exteriorized conduct of the animal, not suffer any kind of problem.

The dog not only extends this territorial factor to his house immediate surroundings, but also it will defend what he considers his other belongings like the car, sidewalks, garden, and much more. In the protection of house properties and even of the car this attitude must not be strengthen with the exception of dogs that present it in a lower grade, and neither moderate safe on those exemplars that manifest it in an irritated way. It is on the walking areas where serious conflicts can happen. The park can be considered by all the exemplars on it as exclusively theirs. This is the most usual cause of conflict and aggression among dogs. It is worth to give a special tint to the exemplars that in a moment would be capable of showing the most minimum intention of aggression, on determined circumstances and under the pressure that the territory defense factor exercises on him, we may do it. Also, dog that in no way would attack in an excessive way when seeing how his territory is violated. In this case it would be illogical to wait for another similar answer from the dog, safe the same conditions would ever happen again.

Dog Behaviorist Dog Aggressiveness Aggressiveness by depredation Aggressiveness by dominance Territorial aggressiveness Self-defense aggressiveness