Respect Your Pet’s Right to Express Themselves
Dogs give warning signs before they snap or bite such as turning their head away, showing the white edges of their eyes, licking their lips and trying to move away, Orenchuk says. Respect your dog’s warnings and back off or help them get to a less stressful place.
“We experience lots of aggressive type behaviors in our own species — rudeness, throwing punches, gossiping — and move on without much conflict,” says Orenchuk. “But as a society, we tolerate virtually no aggression in our dogs.”
It is always advised to catch these warning signs before your dog escalates to snapping or biting. If the behavior does escalate, respect that too, and never punish a dog for aggressive behavior.
“Any attempt to suppress a dog’s warnings, including growling, can lead to your dog not showing these valuable warning signs and even more severe biting.” To help your dog through aggression, find a reward-based trainer in your area.