I recently read an article where a dog attacked his owner because she placed a sweater on him. The author claimed the attack was unprovoked and came out of nowhere. I have a problem with this claim. It is rare that a dog attacks without warning. Owners simply don’t recognize the warning signs, choose to ignore them or inadvertently reward the dog for bad behavior.
While it is difficult for people to believe, the first signs of dog aggression begin when the dog is a pup. Puppies who shy away or hide from people are exhibiting behaviors that will likely lead to fear aggression. Growling and barking at visitors or guarding food and toys are also red flags.