It can occur between pack mates, with visiting dogs or with others outside your property.
This following information should help you to understand and deal with it.
Cause The aggression tends to occur when there is not a clear pack leader.
They will fight it out to assert themselves as the leader and to then be the protector of the pack.
This is really instinctive behavior for pets.
You need to assert yourself as the pack leader.
You need to establish your authority through rules, limitations, and boundaries.
Once your pets see you as the pack leader then they will be calmer and stop fighting for dominance.
How to prevent the aggression Training Training to prevent dog on dog aggression is actually for you! A trainer will be able to teach you how to assert yourself as leader of your pack.
They will identify the specific instances in which your dog is aggressive and behavior they display and help you to implement rule and boundaries for your dog to deal with these.
Be aware of your dog's temperament You need to be aware of all the little alerts your dog is giving off that they may be stressed or afraid when another dog is around.
If you see these signs then you should remove your dog or the other dog to prevent the situation escalating to dog on dog aggression.
Creating Good Associations If seeing other dogs makes your dog nervous or stressed then try to create a good association.
Find a treat your dog loves and give it to them whenever they see another dog regardless of what they are doing.
This will create a good association and change your dog's perception of other dogs as they will anticipate good things when there are other dogs around.
The treat you use for this should not be given to your puppy at any other time so that it is the special treat associated exclusively with other dogs being around.
If your dog is less stressed by the experience of seeing other dogs, or being around other dogs, then they are less likely to be aggressive.
Muzzling Muzzles make your dog aware they can't use their teeth.
Muzzles offer a good management tool but they are not a solution to aggression and must be used in conjunction with dog training.
You need to ease your dog into wearing a muzzle and do not simply put the muzzle on before taking your dog into a stressful or uncomfortable situation.
Socialization Early socialization, especially in the first 16 weeks of your pet's life, is crucial to the development of your pooch's future character and temperament and is a key factor in early prevention of aggression.
It's about putting your animal in different situations to reduce their fear and anxiety so that they will happily accept new experience.
If your puppy has had plenty of positive experiences with other dogs then they are more likely to be calm and not to act aggressively towards other dogs as they get older.