Common Aggression Triggers for Dogs

Common Aggression Triggers for DogsAs any dog owner knows, every dog has their own personality and temperament. While many are happy go lucky and don’t get spooked too easily, other dogs may be more inclined to reactive or aggressive behavior. Therefore, in addition to obtaining the right Canine Liability Insurance to protect your pooch, get familiar with these common triggers for aggressive behaviors.


Many dogs may feel uncomfortable with routine handling procedures such as nail trimming, brushing, and bathing. If your dog seems hesitant during these activities, slowly ease him into it and enlist the help of a professional, positive-reinforcement trainer.

Maternal Instincts

According to Dogster, biologically, the point of all life is to pass on genes through reproduction; because this instinct is strong and inherent in all animals, mothers are extremely likely to be very protective of their litters. If you approach a dog you don’t know very well or if your dog just had a litter of puppies, be protective over her to ensure she doesn’t feel threatened enough to bite.


It’s instinctual for a dog to protect his property. However, if your dog becomes aggressive or has a history of aggression over protecting your home, it may be best to contact a trainer to help him be more comfortable with friends, family, and other visitors to reduce the risk of biting.

Frustration or Discomfort

This trigger is especially important. It’s important for owners to understand the indicators of stress in a dog. From body language to cowering their head, bearing their teeth, or growling, dogs are very evident in their discomfort. In order to reduce the chance that he will bite out of frustration, ensure your dog’s body language is understood and be careful when introducing new people and animals- do your best not to overwhelm him. If your dog seems uneasy in new situations, it’s best to ease him into it slowly.

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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