Dog intimidating other dogs
Their vocalizations or destruction of property are mostly attempts to relieve themselves from the intensity of the emotion.
We’re most likely to yell or fight at others when we fear that another person will keep us from getting our needs met.
A confident and well-adapted person or dog rarely needs to resort to aggression, vocalization or destruction to regain homeostasis.
Studies have show that rage and fear feel bad and given the choice, animals and people try to avoid these feelings.
‘No animal or human enjoys the experience of persistent rage because the affective feeling simply is not pleasant’ (Panksepp, 2012).
Many times though, there are no known direct causes to the dog’s reaction.
Some dogs will go into a panic as soon as the owner steps out the door even though they’re not in any kind of real danger (from our perspective).
The level of fear that some dogs will experience can be compared to a panic attack.
Barking, aggression, destruction, separation anxiety, resource guarding, …
Many behavior issues that directly affect the dogs welfare can be attributed to stress and fear.
These emotions dominate the dog’s life experience and are often responsible for the human/dog relationship breakdown.
Just like in humans, many attribute aggressive displays as signs of strength and character.