Getting to grips with aggressive dog behavior

Written by Jennifer Pitts

Are you being challenged with aggressive dog behavior? There are many reasons behind aggressiveness, and the root of the behaviors can often be complicated. Depending upon the severity of your dog’s aggression, it is always wise to seek professional help from a dog trainer. Aggressive signs and symptoms can be right in your face or very subtle. No matter how big or little the severity, it needs to be loving eliminated.

Understanding aggressive dog behavior

Your dog can display excessive barking, exposing his teeth, snapping, growling, biting, viciousness – the list is endless and can be a major problem for dog owners. Every dog has the potential to bite, to become vicious, cause trouble or even attack. It is worth remembering that the bigger the breed the more harm they can do, especially an unbalanced powerful big dog.

Aggressive dog behavior can be very intimidating and quite scary. It can cause your dogs posture to become rigid, he could freeze, fight or flight depending how he was provoked.

Often, aggressiveness is associated with:

  • Bad breeding
  • Behaviors we’re willing to tolerate
  • Dogs being rescued from an unhealthy homes
  • Owner lacking desire to train his dog
  • No exercise
  • Dog food allergies
  • Illnesses

Never confront a dog with aggressive dog behavior and expect them to be pleasant!

If you are thinking about buying a dog, be very scrupulous where you buy your companion. There are some extremely indiscriminate dog breeders out there who have carelessly over bred. These dogs can become unstable, temperamental and unhealthy. Often, you won’t realize there’s a problem until you’re home or had the dog for a few weeks. Selecting a dog trainer in your local area can be arduous, I would advise you to check their credentials, history, all bad and successful testimonies.Two dogs grin against each other

Would you know if your dog has previously been attacked by another dog? This can trigger emotional instabilities, produce fear and aggressive tendencies.

We all want to help our dogs no matter how long we’ve owned them.

I can give you advice, but believe me the Internet and watching the TV can only meet half your dogs needs, especially if he’s extremely aggressive. In severe cases keep your dog away from public places and seek professionally help.

Aggressive dog behavior in public areas is considered unacceptable. If aggression is displayed in the home, it will be shown outside of the home. Aggressive dogs are magnets for suing you; at all costs, avoid a lawsuit against you by taking precautions. Should you want to take your dog to the park find quiet places and make sure he wears a muzzle.

Aggressive dog behavior signs

  • Anxiety aggression will lead to freeze, fight or flight if provoked
  • Territorial aggression is claiming certain areas including their owners
  • Over protective aggression is a dog dominating his owner
  • Defensiveness aggression is fear of not being able to escape
  • Possessiveness is protection against what the dog believes is his
  • Dominance is an unpredictable bully
  • Redirected aggression is a person being bitten for interrupting the dogs bad behavior
  • Excitability can turn in to redirected aggression
  • Hierarchy or pecking order can produce aggressiveness
  • Fear aggression is based on nervousness and insecurities
  • Maternal aggression is a hormonal female dog protecting her puppies
  • Barking aggression is a dog being excessively vocal at someone or something
  • Male aggression is a hormonal trait, especially if he hasn’t been neutered
  • Your dog may not like particular people; one of my dogs hated bald men
  • Frustration aggression is due to lack of exercise

The good news is aggressive dog behavior can be sorted out!

Remember, even the smallest amount of aggressiveness can lead to unreasonable and unacceptable behaviors. Whether your dog is small or large, us humans need to be the pack leader. We need to be the calm assertive alpha not passive, idle leadership can produce unbalanced dogs. We can not hope for aggressive dog behavior to go away, we need to be actively responsible.

Dogs do not instinctively trust humans; we need to earn their trust, and this can be done by spending time with them. Treats, walks and playing together are a great way of earning trust, friendship and loyalty. Once they begin trusting in you, they will respect you as their leader and then training can be implemented.

Pet Corrector

To combat mild to moderate aggressive dog behavior consider using the pet corrector, it quickly and humanely detracts unwanted dog behavior. This amazing tool is incredibly effective and is highly recommended, I’ve used it on all dogs including my neighbors dogs and further afield, it has been a tremendous success.

Clicker Training

The clicker is especially good a implementing new behaviors via positive reinforcement, it is solely a reward based learning program. This kind of training is a great way of communicating to your dog in a loving manner; it is a safe and effective method.

Crate Training

All aggressive dogs should be crated to give you some peace time. It doesn’t matter how negative you think about this brilliant concept; once a dog likes his new house, it will become their den; it’ll be cosy, comfy, secure and safe.

Training with Treats

While you’re training your dog, don’t forget to reward with yummy treats. Treats will help your dog behave a hundred times faster, its a super quick way to implement good desirable behaviors with love and respect.

Professional Dog Trainers

There are plenty of dog trainers these days, you can browse for someone close-by or look on the internet. Whichever you chose always check their credentials. If you’re looking for the perfect trainer to help you train your dog using calm and gentle methods that you can be proud of, then look no further.

About the author

Jennifer Pitts

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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