Yet there are several instances when dogs attack people without provocation.
making one feel that they are not safe pets to rear.
Dogs are very friendly and highly receptive to affection.
The rare instances of their aggression will have a deep rooted cause.
Some of them are: - Inadequate training imparted to the dog - A dog that is traumatized due to cruel treatment on a previous occasion - An unidentified health disorder that makes the dog feel out of sorts and distressed - Lack of food and shelter and many more.
However, one of the most significant reasons of unprovoked attack could be the Rage Syndrome that affects dogs.
What are the Rage Syndrome? It is a behavioral problem which is known to affect specific dog breeds.
It occurs rarely, but is a problem for serious concern.
German Shepherd, American Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Doberman, St Bernard, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, and the English Bull Terrier are some breeds that exhibit the syndrome.
Only a small percentage of the dogs of these breeds are affected by this disorder.
Causes - There is a probable genetic factor leading to the ailment - There are a few theories for the causes: thyroid malfunction, epilepsy related disorder, low serotonin levels, or a canine form of schizophrenia A dog affected by the disorder exhibits these symptoms - Eyes change color or become glassy or glazed - Stares at nothing in particular - Attacks without reason - Bites without warning - Attacks soon after a nap - Appears mean and dangerous for a few moments - Appears disoriented after an attack, for a short period - Becomes normal quite soon, and is unaware of his earlier, abnormal behavior Treatment - Administration of Vitamin B12 supplements - Neutering dogs to contain aggression - Preparing more nutritionally balanced meals for the dog - Behavior modification therapy - Consulting the vet for examination, diagnosis and treatment with administration of medications like d-amphetamine and Megestrol acetate The ailment is treated in one, or a combination of these methods.
Treatment varies from one dog to another Management - Avoid stressful situations for the dog - Prepare more nutritionally balanced meals for the dog - Consult the vet when symptoms are observed - Arrange for thyroid level tests - Keep a good dog health guide handy, that gives you useful information about your pet's health.
Sometimes, for severely affected dogs, euthanasia is considered, rather than trying to manage them in rescue shelters.