Animal behavior is described as any act done by animals, and in most cases, they exhibit a behavioral action even without any reason. Animals also have behavior problems like rough play, serious aggression, inability to become housebroken, and destructiveness. In most cases, around 40% of pet owners complain about their pets' behavioral problems, where around the world, 40 million pets are considered to have a behavioral issue (Farhoody et al., 2018).In dogs, the behavioral problem that they have is aggression in dogs is a common problem that has been reported occasionally. Aggressive behavior is common in most animals, including those that act as a companion. There are many ways to show aggression in a dog, mostly against strangers, family members, or other people.
Types and Signs of Aggression in Animals
There are different types of aggression: redirected, fearful, maternal, inter-male, fearful, and inter-female. In cats, the behavior problem is stress, fear, and anxiety. In most cases, cats experience anxiety when they see danger from imagination or unknown origin, fearing them. When a cat is anxious, it appears to be stressed and afraid for no reason. Different signs show aggression in dogs and anxiety, fear, and stress in cats (Shafford,2016).
The symptoms include baring teeth, stiff body posture, snarling, glowing, bites of different intensity, and ear pinned back in a dog. In a cat, the signs include holding their tail close to their body, partially dilated pupils, crouching and leaning away, ears to the side, hair standing, and staring. With these kinds of signs in both a cat and dog, it is very important to treat them as soon as possible using different ways to prevent their situation from worsening.
Why Should Animals Show Signs of Aggression?
To understand why the dog is behaving in an aggressive way and cat anxiety, fear, and stress, one needs to find out the main cause as to why they are acting in that manner. In most cases, it is very rare to find a dog being violent without any reason. The main reason that can cause aggressiveness is a lack of proper training and socialization.
There are also other causes like fear, protecting territory or possession, and even pain or illness. Sometimes, the owner, feisty fur-ball, has a stressor that can make them range, or sometimes it can be due to the past trauma consequences (Farhoody et.al, 2018). If a dog suddenly starts acting aggressively in most cases, it is one way of signaling the pain they may be experiencing. It is also important to know the type of aggression if it is food aggression, fear aggression, leash aggression, pain-induced aggression, and social aggression. One noted the owner would be able to find the best treatment.
What Can Make an Animal Develop Fear and Anxiety?
There are many causes of anxiety, fear, and stress; they include illness, trauma, improper socialization, and being separated from the owner. In most cases, when a cat experiences separation, it means that they will be alone, which results in anxiety or distress behavior. When a cat is in a home where people are being separated can make the cat situation even worse. In most cases, when a cat is denied a chance to get a positive and social environment, there is a high possibility that they will become habitually anxious and fearful. Anxiety and phobias can get worse mostly when a cat cannot get away from the stimulus, for example, in a situation where the cat lives with a pet that scares and frighten them. Besides, fear is known to generate from a traumatic experience that a cat experienced.
How to Deal with an Animal's Aggressiveness
Dogs with aggressiveness behavior need to be handled with care as they can do anything. Some of the ways to handle them are creating a plan whereby a trainer or a behaviorist is brought as they can help figure out how to manage the aggressiveness. Another way is avoiding punishment on the dog that is aggressive because it might make the matter worse.
Punishment may lead to the dog ending up biting someone else without any wrong warning (Landsberg et al.,2017). In some cases, training may not be enough for the dog; thus, medication is also important. In medicine, it is not permanent, but temporary at it will assist a lot. In cats, there is a medication for anxiety, which can help them a lot. Most cats are known to respond to the combination of treatment and behavior modification, and supplements can also work.
Another way is behavior modification, where the owner teaches the cat some of the coping skills used in various settings. The behavioral modification's main goal is to change the way cats think and feel about frightening stimuli. In some situations, when utilizing different methods to reduce the aggressiveness, it may work differently and have other effects on both the cat and dogs.
Some may increase the aggressiveness in dogs and anxiety, fear, and stress in cats if its medication. The owner might try and change the medication to use another method that will help them. When both the dog and cat are treated, they need to be monitored carefully so as the effects can be seen before their condition can get worse.
As we have seen above different pets will react differently while subjected to different environment.
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Jay on September 22, 2020:
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