Apr
08
2015

Understanding Redirected Aggression

Understanding Redirected AggressionHave you heard the term “redirected aggression”? If you regularly follow our blog, you might have come across a post we published last July, where we discussed dog fights, and the differing opinions there are about breaking them up. Breaking up fights is actually one of the leading causes of dog bites to humans. What’s more, is if your dog is involved in a fight and another person gets bit trying to break it up, your dog will likely get blamed as their dog “would never bite them,” and suddenly you’ll find yourself facing a Dog Bite Liability Claim.

This is a costly and painful assumption to make. The important thing to keep in mind is that when dogs are fighting, they default to their “primal” mode and don’t stop to think. They are simply fighting for their lives and will just bite the first thing that interferes, whether it’s the other dog, or a human hand. They don’t have the ability to stop and think about whom and what they are biting; and this is what’s called redirected aggression.

Redirected aggression happens when a dog is aroused by or displays aggression towards a person or animal, but someone else interferes. Essentially, the aggression is then redirected from the source that triggered it to the person or animal that interrupted. If you have two dogs, you may have witness redirected aggression within your own home; perhaps your dogs like to bark at the mailman. Have you ever noticed that one of your dogs then turns to bark at or nip at your other dog? There may be absolutely no intention on the part of the aggressor to hurt the other dog; it’s simply redirected aggression.

The most important thing to remember about dog bites is that they can occur even if your dog has no history of aggression. A dog bite can happen out of fear, feeling threatened, or even over exuberant playfulness. A Dog Bite Liability Insurance Policy from the Federation of Insured Dog Owners (F.I.D.O) will financially protect you should a human injury be caused by your dog, even if it’s an accident. Please contact us today to learn more at (855) 534-6495. 

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