Aggression is not a common trait in Border Collies in general, but it can happen. The causes and reasons behind the dog growling, barking or even biting can vary depending on the situation.
When dealing with an aggressive Border Collie remember that unlike other behavior problems this one can have serious consequences. If you suspect that your Collie might be showing early aggressions signs, act immediately. Don’t let the behavior go unchecked because it will only get worse unless you do something about it.
It’s very rare for these dogs to get aggressive without showing early warning signs beforehand. Unless the dog is in physical pain or feels threatens, it will show signs of aggression before doing anything drastic (like attacking you or biting you).
Look for these signs to warn you before your dog becomes aggressive:
To learn how to deal with a dominant or disobedient Border Collie, I highly suggest you check out the Border Collie Owners Guide. It’s a complete guide that covers step by step on how to deal with each behavior issue.
There are several causes for aggressive behavior. Some are a lot easier to spot and cure, while others will take time and will only be cured with consistent behavior training.
The way you approach the situation greatly depends on the original cause. So the first thing you must do is figure out what is the real cause for aggressive behavior. When does your Collie act aggressive? Who is the aggression targeting? How long has this been going on? When you answer those questions, you will have a better understanding of why your dog or puppy is acting aggressive.
Whenever you feel things are getting out of hand, stop what you’re doing and leave the room. You don’t want to escalate things if you don’t have to. You won’t solve your dog’s aggression by making your dog angrier.
If your dog has developed dominance issues, then you will have to regain the “alpha dog” title. The most effective way to do it is by starting obedience training, because that’s exactly what the alpha dog role is for. Once you start training, teaching and leading your Collie, it will start viewing you as the pack leader. To learn more read this article here.
Before you do anything, there are a couple of things which you should NEVER do to an aggressive dog. This won’t help solve aggression and in many instances, it will anger your dog even more.
Aggression is not a joking matter, especially with the larger dog breeds. If you don’t feel confident enough to tackle the problem on your own or feel fearful of your dog, it is better that you seek help from a professional dog trainer. Your dog can sense when a person is unsure and nervous and will be less likely to listen to you if you show those emotions.
If you feel in danger or are fearful that your dog might bite someone, please don’t hesitate to call your local dog trainer. Give them all the necessary details and they will know exactly how to handle the situation. Don’t wait until your dog bites someone before you do anything.