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Frustration Aggression

Dogs can become just as frustrated as humans when they don't get what they want or need. This results in aggressive movement to obtain what they need. Be sure you walk and exercise your pets, provide lots of environmental interaction (including smart toys), be sure they are properly fed and always have access to clean water, and be aware of anything that has the potential of becoming a trigger, whether it's a toy or another animal. If a dog is easily frustrated with a ball, then provide controlled playtime. If a dog is reactive to food, then be sure you work on control with them during training.

You'll also want to keep in mind that there levels of aggression. Push a fearful dog who has an earache too far and then add another stimulus (say, a dog walks up at the wrong time) and you've got an escalation issue that can set any animal into a rage.

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