How to Handle Territorial Aggression with other Dogs

Territorial aggression against other dogs is a sort of hostility that is contextualized and focused towards canines that are inside the dog’s territory, as the name indicates.

The phrase “regarded as property” is significant since a dog’s perception of a property may extend beyond its borders. In many cases, dogs may chase dogs away from their home from a considerable distance (like the path that leads to the house).

Screaming, moaning, or lunging are common behaviors seen in dogs with the illness, which are aimed to frighten away other dogs. Other dogs inside the dog’s “perceived domain” may also be attacked.

Location
Because territorial aggression is a highly specialized kind of aggression, it is only expected to occur in certain locations that are viewed as territorial, and not in places that are not tied to perceived territorial borders.

The fundamental reason for this is because the dog displays hostility in regions that he or she thinks to be within his or her control.

When a dog is outdoors and near boundary lines during neighborhood walks, or when the dog is in the car (which is sometimes viewed by dogs as a territory) or in a cage, we would expect it to show aggressiveness against other dogs.

This kind of aggressiveness is unlikely to be seen in unfamiliar or unfavorable environments such as training courses, the veterinarian’s office, or any other location where a person does not feel at ease.

A dog that responds to all dogs, regardless of where they are, is more likely to have another sort of aggressiveness, such as fear aggression.

Main Characteristics
When it comes to territorial aggressiveness, unlike fear-based aggression, which may be a symptom of early beginnings, the behavior isn’t anticipated to emerge till at least a few months after the dog is six months old or more.

Particularly, territorial behavior is expected to begin between the ages of 8 and 10 months, and to worsen over the next 12 to 24 months, especially if the dog’s surroundings isn’t properly controlled (read more about how to manage in the section on solutions).

Certain canine breeds are more prone to territorial aggressiveness than others. Herding and guarding breeds are the most often afflicted canines. It’s crucial to consider the environment in which dogs are reared.

Dogs that are socially unsocialized, in instance, may be more likely to demonstrate territorial violence as a result of fear-related aggressiveness.

Although territorial aggressiveness seems to be violent, in which the dog just sends the dogs trespassing into his area, it is thought to be the consequence of fear-related factors as well.

The existence of boundaries (such as gates, doors, or a fence-line) may usually exacerbate the activity; however, restricted areas like as cages, automobiles, or the dog being chained or tethered can also intensify the tendency. Dogs that spend the most of their time watching their surroundings and fence running and escaping their backyards are more likely to act violently.

The most important characteristic of territorial aggression is that it is more strong when it happens close by. It increases when other canines approach their imagined region and reduces as they leave it.

Do you have any clue what I’m talking about? Certain canine habits are readily copied by other dogs in the same setting. The concept of dogs learning by being seen by other dogs is known as “social facilitation.” So, if you have one dog that is territorial, it’s critical to keep him apart from the other dogs, or else the other dogs may become “territorial” as well.