Dog Symptoms of Poor Socialisation


There is a good reason why early socialisation is encouraged by all animal care providers.

Sometimes a particular attribute of a person can trigger signs of aggression. Examples include: only men, men wearing hats, women with purses, etc.  But generally speaking, a dog that is well socialised will not have any antisocial behaviour or symptoms.

Symptoms of poor socialisation can include any or even all of the following:

Fearfulness

  • Fast hand gestures that are done close to the animal can scare them.
  • Touching a dog in places where then cannot see you approaching can also scare a fearful dog.
  • These dogs will often flinch at fast movements or loud noises.
  • Submissive peeing can occur when a puppy/dog has low confidence.
  • Submissive peeing can also happen when a dog is afraid of people or other animals.
    • Note: Many puppies/adolescent dogs may submissive pee out of pure excitement; they tend to grow out of this stage. If problems persist contact a professional trainer for ideas to help fix the problem.
  • Fearful dogs will sometimes cower; hide under tables, beds, etc.
  • They will also back away or dash away.
  • Barking hazardously at a person, object or noise is another sign of fear.

Fear aggression

  • Dogs with fear aggression will generally show some of the sings above. If a person or child that is not aware of these sings and is not knowledgeable on how to react to these signs some dogs (not all) may feel the need to protect them self. They can at times react in an aggressive manner believing that they are in danger.

Dog aggression

  • Dogs that show dog aggression have most likely always shown signs of dominance. Dogs are pack animals made up of both dominant and submissive groups. Some dogs with severe dominance will challenge practically every dog they meet if allowed or not corrected.
  • Some dogs will show dog aggression only when challenged by another dog if allowed or not corrected.
  • Some dogs do what we call “resource guarding.” This is where a dog will guard or protect items/people from other animals. These items can include: food, water, bones, chew toys, lounging areas etc. This can happen because the dog was deprived of these things or because the dog is not corrected when they exhibit these behaviours.
  • Some dogs have been previously trained to be aggressive towards other dogs.

People aggression

  • Many dogs will view people as a part of their pack and though the majority of dogs will see their people as the “pack leader” there are some dogs that have been taught (almost always unintentionally) that people are not packed leaders. They will challenge people and if not corrected this can turn into aggression.
  • Some dogs do what we call “resource guarding.” This is where a dog will guard or protect items/people from other people. These items can include: food, water, bones, chew toys, lounging areas, etc. This can happen because the dog was deprived of these things or because the dog is not corrected when they exhibit these behaviors.
  • Some dogs have been previously trained to be aggressive towards people.

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