Dog Bite Liability Insurance: The Basics of Aggressive Dog Behavior
As a dog owner, you’re probably inclined to believe your lovable dog is not capable of aggressive behavior. But as we’ve stated before, any breed and any size dog can show signs of aggression. Yes, there are several that have a predisposition to this type of behavior, but even “cute” dogs bite. It’s typically difficult to determine if a dog is going to bite you, as each dog is different. But there are several common factors often associated with aggressive dog behavior.
We hope this post encourages you to contact your veterinarian, seek a trainer, immediately modify this type of behavior and purchase dog bite insurance. All of which protect you and your best friend from dog bite liability.
Keep in mind; we are not trained to determine aggressive dog behavior. Please contact a professional who specializes in training aggressive dogs.
What are the different types of aggression in dogs?
- Fear Aggression– Dogs often mimic common human behavior and in this case it’s the flight-fight response. For instance, we respond to fear by displaying verbal (e.g. yelling) and non-verbal (e.g. shaking) cues. Well, dogs are very similar; in a circumstance where the dog fears for their safety, they will react with aggression. Signs often include; ears held back, lack of eye contact, lowered head and body, and rapid nips and bites.
- Protective Aggression– Similar to humans, dogs are protective of their family, resources and territory. Signs often include; barking and snarling, charging, and standing tall and still.
- Social Aggression– Social aggression can elicit aggressive. It can also take place in a dog park or in your home. For example, another dog eats their food or a friend visits your home. Threatening and unpleasant behavior toward them can provoke aggressive behavior. Threatening and unpleasant behavior includes; taking food or a toy away, disturbing he/she’s sleep or rest, verbal scolding and pointing a finger.
- Frustration Aggression-Typically, dogs become frustrated when you prevent them from doing something (e.g. come inside). Consequently, they direct their frustration and aggression towards another animal or person.
How to spot aggression in dogs through verbal and non-verbal behavior?
- Excessive barking
- Snarling, growling and snapping
- Standing tall and still
F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only that specializes in Dog Bite Liability Insurance programs for dog owners. This policy is available in California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin. It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year.