4 Ways to Deal with Pet Aggression

  • February 20, 2014
  • By Dr Mark Perissinotto
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For many reasons, aggression can sometimes develop in your pet. Many times, aggressive behaviour has to do with the way the owner of a pet raises them. Dog owners with the best intentions may set the stage for a pet to be aggressive. The moment you notice this type of behaviour in your pet, you might want to find a dog training professional to help your dog be safer to be around.

Aggression that involves strong jaws and sharp claws is sometimes something that cats and dogs with dominant personalities sometimes use to get their own way. In a very short time, considerable damage can be the result. This is why it is considered a serious problem when you notice signs of aggression in your pet. While it is advisable to call a pet psychologist or the vet regarding the issue, there are a few things you can do to get your pet to feel more secure, happier and take the edge off your pet’s anger.

Blow Off Steam

Aggression is shown by some pets since they do not have enough to do and yet have too much energy. Helping your pet blow off steam by wearing him out can often curl early aggressive signs. Jog or go for longer walks as long as you see that your dog is able to do this. Get your cat to run with a game of chasing strings. Throw a ball or run in circles. As long as you get your pet to move for a minimum of twenty minutes daily, he won’t feel like causing trouble as he will be feeling quite exhausted at this point.

Ease Their Mind

Cats and dogs are able to sense when their owners become upset and aggressive behaviour may be the result of this concern. Attempting to calm your own emotions and dealing with your own stress might do wonders in easing the mind of your own pet.

Touch Works

Cats and dogs that act in an aggressive way may get more relaxed and a lot calmer if you trace circles on their tail, mouth and ears with the tips of your finger for a few minutes daily. If this does not seem to work, back off a little bit to give your pet some space.

Scent Works


Due to strong emotions such as anxiety, pets can get so wound up. Aromatherapy treatments might help their brains get re-set. Put bergamot on a handkerchief or scarf and tie this around the neck of your pet. Until the aggression begins to fade, repeat this treatment one time each day. 

Mark Perissinotto has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years, 14 years of which he was the owner and principal of a busy multi-vet mixed animal hospital. One of the two co-founders of Vet Shop Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Veterinary Science and one of the best retailer of pet supplies Australia.

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