Generally, aggression is not a common habit in Border Collies. However, sometimes it can occur. The reasons and causes behind your dog’s barking, growling and even biting can differ depending on the circumstances.
When handling an aggressive Border Collie, remember that unlike the other behavior problems, this one tends to have some serious consequences. If you’re suspecting your Border Collie may be displaying early signs of aggression, act immediately. If you let the behavior unattended, it will only become worse until you try to rectify it.
It is very rare for Border Collies to become aggressive without displaying some early signs beforehand. Unless your Collie feels threatened or is in physical pain, he will show some signs of aggression before he does something drastic (such as biting or attacking you).
The following are some common signs of aggression that you should look out for:
- Dominance issues
- Disobeying familiar commands
- Showing teeth or growling at you when you push them off the furniture
- Barking at you and other people without any reason
If you’d like to learn how to deal with your Border Collie’s disobedience and dominance, check out the Border Collie Owners Guide. This is a complete guide that will show you step by step how you can deal with every behavior issue.
Common Causes of Aggression in Border Collies
There are numerous causes for aggression in dogs. Some causes can easily be detected and cured while others take time to be spotted and can only be cured through consistent behavior training.
- Dominant Aggression: If your Border Collie seems to have developed dominant behavior, he may be feeling he needs to be aggressive to remain dominant over you. Any dog that feels like they are above you in social hierarchy doesn’t hesitate to growl or even bite you. Take