CBD Oil For Dog Aggression
Dogs are not born to be aggressive. In fact, most of the time, dogs are not aggressive unless something provokes them.
Here, we’ll discuss what dog aggression is. Then, we’ll go into what causes a dog to be aggressive. Finally, we’ll leave you with a few treatment plans you can think about.
What is Aggression?
Friendly dogs do not exhibit perfect behaviors 100% of the time. For instance, some happy and chipper dogs could start to act violent and aggressive by baring their teeth or lunging at someone/something. When your dog starts to act out by growling at, biting, or attacking a family member, they are lashing out with aggression.
Dog aggression is a serious issue, especially considering your dog or a loved one could potentially end up hurt. Because of this, you’ll want to be aware of all the instances that may bring on this aggressive behavior.
What Causes Aggression?
Knowing what causes aggression is your first stepping stone to stopping the behavior. Some of the following instances may provoke hostility:
Illness & Injury: If your dog is sick or injured, the painful symptoms may cause them to lash out. Sicknesses such as arthritis, bone fractures, tumors, and cancer may be extremely discomforting for your dog to deal with, warranting the aggression. If your dog is exhibiting sudden aggression that you are unaware of the cause, call your vet immediately.
Fear: If your dog senses that he or she is in danger of some sort, they may act out aggressively as a defense mechanism. If he or she is trapped or backed into a corner, similar aggressive actions may occur. This is often seen in rescue dogs, as they’ve likely experienced harmful behavior in the past. If you have a rescue dog, be sure to comfort them in any way that you can.
Other instances where your dog may be displaying an aggressive behavior is if he or she is frustrated, acting possessive, or establishing dominance.
Traditional Treatment for Aggression
Typically, veterinarians prescribe medications like Fluoxetine and Clomipramine to battle symptoms of aggression. However, these medications can promote unwanted side effects. Check in with your vet to see if there are any other more natural options. Start by discussing CBD products.
Can CBD Help Treat Aggression?
CBD oil is known to help a variety of ailments and illnesses; luckily, aggression is one of them.
One thing you’ll want to know right off the bat is that CBD oil does not contain THC. THC is the component in marijuana that can get a person or animal “high.” However, CBD oil does have calming properties in itself. That means that the answer to “Can CBD Help Treat Aggression?” is yes.
Aggression does not commonly happen throughout the day; in fact, certain instances provoke it in dogs. Because of this, you’ll want to monitor your dog and be on top of his or her aggression symptoms. Then, and only then, should you be administering CBD oil. If there are other circumstances your dog may need CBD oil for, check in with your veterinarian to determine a more firm dosage.
CBD Dosage for Aggression
Unfortunately, there are no set guidelines to follow when administering CBD to your dog. The dosage may vary from dog to dog, depending on their weight, breed, size, and condition. With aggression, it’s easiest to start at a low dosage, as you can always increase to a more suitable dose later.
When in doubt, discuss CBD options with your veterinarian. You can also head on over to other areas of our website to check out testimonials and any additional information you may need to choose what’s best for your dog.
Considering CBD oil to treat fear aggression – experience? Encouragement?
TL; DR We've been working to train our fear aggressive dog for the last 4 months and are reaching our limit. Considering putting her on CBD to help support the training we're doing with her. Has anyone had any luck/experience using CBD and training in conjunction?
Our dog is a 2yo collie mix we rescued at 6 months old from our local SPCA. When we got her she was high energy and extremely excitable. We have another dog, a 3yo corgi, that our collie x took to but not without some bumps. She was resource guarding and bit me [31F] on the first night we had her home and I took a bully stick away from her. She's never punctured my husband [32M] or the corgi.
We've seen a long lead-up to her aggression. Neither one of us remembers her being leash aggressive to start with but in the last year she became incapable of seeing another dog on a leash without lunging, barking and snapping. Shortly thereafter we had to give up the fantasy that she was "good with other dogs as long as she wasn't on a leash" when she attacked another dog at an off-leash dog park when it approached me (in a friendly manner to say hello). The last straw was when our 9 month old nephew was visiting and she jumped up and muzzle-punched him in the face while he was being held by his dad. She has since started showing more aggression to babies and toddlers when we are out walking in our neighbourhood.
Since then we have been thrown into learning more about densentization training and counter-conditioning. We are working with a behavioural trainer and getting our collie x muzzle-trained with the trainer's instruction. We jog her for 30 minutes a day on top of her daily 45 minute walk (we live in a subdivision filled with kids and dogs). We take her to a fenced dog park and do across-the-street densentization three times a week. It's a lot. This weekend my mother-in-law was visiting and while it's never seemed to bother the collie x before (I say this knowing full well we may just not have had the understanding that we do now to notice it), this weekend she was keyed up. She attacked our corgi (snapping, deep-throat growling) twice in the span of 24 hours, once because my husband was tickling me and I was laughing and squirming (redirected aggression) and once because there was a container of treats close to the edge of the counter (resource guarding).
This behaviour is something that is disheartening and still relatively new to us but we feel like we couldn't be doing anything more, short of giving her up. My husband loves her to bits and it would break both our hearts to rehome her. We are trying to do everything we can for her but progress seems so slow. Has anyone has success using CBD oil and training together? Have you seen better progress overall? TIA for any insight or encouragement.