Message Us

How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

By KrystalEllingson. | Dog Training

We often use barriers for the dogs' protection but at times these barriers can have side effects; one side effect is barrier frustration.

How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

The challenge to owners is missing the right cues and trying to fix the wrong component. Barrier frustration can be stressful for dogs and owners alike. In this article we'll take a look at one common barrier and its side effects. Leashes are used to keep our dogs safe and near us as well as to respect the space of others and their dogs, etc. Many places have leash laws requiring dogs to be on leash in order to be in public. While I don't have anything against leashes, they are certainly not natural for dogs. When leashes are involved the dog does not have control of space (that is, assuming the human does). This may not seem bad at first but let's take a closer look. If another dog is approaching you while you are out with your dog and your dog is not sure about the intent of the approaching dog, a leash stops your dog from having the ability to back away. On the other hand, if your dog wants to approach another dog and the leash does not allow your dog to approach, a leash stops the opportunity to move forward. Both scenarios are setting the dog up for frustration. Frustration in itself is not necessarily a bad thing but with frustration often comes stress and stress has a cumulative effect. Dogs who are frustrated or stressed often are pushed to their threshold of fight, flight, or freeze response. Many dogs will chose flight before fight while some will chose an alternative freeze response. The problem is that the leash doesn't allow for flight so the dog is faced with the choice fight or freeze. If the other dog does not appear to be responding to the freeze response the dog may be forced to fight. This is where frustration changes to aggression. As I mentioned earlier, many people try to "˜fix' the wrong component. Many people focus on the aggression. Let's say the frustrated dog chooses to aggress in the form of showing its teeth or growling but does not lunge or bite. If we focus on getting rid of the snarl we may end up with a terrible thing: a dog that bites without warning. I personally would rather have a dog that warns and doesn't act, than a dog that acts without warning. Let's take a deeper look at what to address if the aggression isn't the right component.

It is my opinion that most aggression is caused by fear, frustration, and stress.

Let's say this dog is acting out of fear. It makes sense to treat the fear rather than the aggression, here's why. if the dog is not fearful, it won't be stressed about the fear or frustrated about the fear. Without the fear, the dog does not feel the need to snarl in the first place. That is what I call treating the cause, not the symptom. How do we treat the fear? Contact us because each case is different. Aggression and Frustration of Dogs and and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers
krystal ellingsonKrystal Ellingson CDBC CPDT-KSA Krystal Ellingson CDBC CPDT-KSA, is the founder of Speak Dog, the first dedicated "˜positive' dog training company in the Tri-City area where she lives. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with both Knowledge and Skill accreditations with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers along with a list of other credentials, certificates, and affiliations.


Signup/Login to post a reply


Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

bought two of these

Searched for different ones, decided on this one. Exceeded all expectations. Bought one for a new care and another for our 2004 4 runner. Provides good protection for vehicle and our 140 dog. We travel and camp extensively also good for bringing thing back form garden shop.

George Linhardt

Great product!

Does exactly what we wanted. We can easily raise a part of the seat to give our dogs better access to the rear seat of our pickup. And it's easily removed or installed when we need to put humans back there!

Michael Dean

Back Seat Cover for Subaru Impreza

Excellent quality and great customer service!

Alex Garcia-Osuna

Great covers

Not only are they great covers, 4knines has great customer service. Truly deserving of more than five stars.

Carmela DiCristofano

Great Cover - Great Company

The covers are absolutely the best and I have had quite a few over the years. I had a minor issue with my cover and asked if I could get it repaired. The response was: "Thank you for reaching out to us. Your cover is absolutely covered by 4Knines Lifetime Warranty!" I received a new one.

Bud Conner


This liner was so easy to install!! I love the way it fits and looks. My puppy also loves it.

Susan Frick

dog loves it

i don't have to fuss a the dog for clawing the door panels,a much more enjoyable ride for both of us.

Steven Walker

Perfect gift

I purchased this rear bench cover for a friend with two dogs that frequently accompany her to her barn. No problem with wet, muddy feet. Fits well and protects her investment in her car. The cover arrived promptly as promised.

Maribeth Hartin

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy