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Why would a mother dog display aggression towards her newborn puppies?

Introduction: Understanding Mother Dog Aggression

As pet owners, it is not uncommon to witness a mother dog’s protective instincts as she guards her newborn puppies. However, in some cases, a mother dog may display aggression towards her puppies, which can be alarming and confusing to witness. Understanding the reasons behind this behavior is essential in identifying the underlying cause and seeking appropriate treatment. Aggression can manifest in various ways, from growling and snarling to biting and attacking. In this article, we will explore the different factors that can contribute to a mother dog’s aggression towards her newborn puppies.

Biological Instincts: The Mother Dog’s Protective Nature

The most common reason for a mother dog’s aggression towards her puppies is her natural protective nature. In the wild, a mother dog would have to guard her puppies from predators and other dangers. This instinct is still present in domesticated dogs, and a mother dog may perceive any perceived threat towards her puppies as a potential danger. This protective instinct can manifest as growling, snapping, or even biting if the mother dog feels her puppies are in danger. It is essential to give the mother dog space and to avoid any actions that may be perceived as threats towards her puppies.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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