Aggressive Dog Behavior
Aggressive dogs can be a pain. In addition to being frustrating to deal with, they can cause liability problems and embarrass you as the owner when you have visitors at home. It can weigh heavily on you to constantly having to crate train your furry friend. It can be a big headache to convince your guests not to pet your dog for the fear of your furry friend biting them. This can certainly add to your frustration and stress when you have guests at home. We also probably do not have to go over the repercussions of your aggressive dog getting out and biting someone; you can easily face a substantial fine and your dog may even be put to sleep. That is why it is important to participate in aggressive dog training.
Keep in mind that dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes can be trained to obey rules. Aggressive dog training is not for young, small dogs alone; it will work for older and larger dogs too. It is important to keep in mind that you are completely retraining your dog’s behavior so it will take time, patience, and consistency. Do not skip on a day of training or “go easy” on your dog some days. This will not effectively change your dog’s behavior. In fact, you will constantly lose ground with your training. Also, this training will work for dogs that are aggressive toward other dogs or humans.
Tips and Tricks To Train Aggressive Dogs
1. Do not physically punish your dog for bad behavior. This can cause them to become fearful and stressed and may even incite more aggression. Instead, offer a warning and remove your dog from the situation.
2. Redirect the dog’s attention. It can be a headache to deal with dogs that lash out at other pets or humans. When you begin to notice the warning signs of impending aggressive behavior (growling, tense, and rigid body) offer your dog a piece of food or treat. Your dog will be more interested in food than the offender. Over time, your dog will learn that other dogs and humans equal delicious food, not threats.
3. Establish yourself as the alpha. Dogs tend to look to one particular dog or human for guidance. This does not mean, however, that you should be harsh and rough with your dog; instead, be firm and assertive but gentle. If your dog sees you as the leader, he or she is more likely to listen.
4. When introducing your aggressive dog to new visitors, employ the redirection trick and introduce them slowly. Allow the guest (and dog) to settle down for a few minutes in separate areas. After a few minutes, slowly introduce your dog, making sure you have a piece of food to offer once your dog sees the guest.
Patience, Time, Consistency, and Devotion
The more time, effort, and patience you can put into your aggressive dog training, the better. It is not an overnight process but it is certainly achievable. Remember to never physically punish your dog for lashing out or for bad behavior as this will only incite more problems. Instead, offer rewards for good behavior and redirect the dog’s attention when possible.