Aggressive dogs come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Training aggressive dog behavior is essential because an aggressive dog is on a path to destruction. A dog with an aggressive tendency if treated properly while young, can be a very pleasant and enjoyable pet.
If training is delayed until adulthood, the problems are much more challenging. Vicious dogs can be a menace to anyone exposed to them. So for all concerned an aggressive dog must be turned around.
Aggressive dog behavior may be directed toward other dogs or it may be directed toward people. Aggression may be in the form of growling, barking, baring of the teeth, lunging, snapping or ultimately biting. All this behavior is unacceptable and must be controlled.
What causes such aggressive behavior. Sometimes it results from fear or insecurity, often from previous cruelty or neglect. This behavior is often directed toward people and is very dangerous. Sometimes aggression is the result of lack of socialization. Sometimes aggression is found in male dogs as a territorial or fighting instinct. Whatever the reason, it must be controlled.
The following are four basic steps for training aggressive dog behavior. An aggressive dog requires much more than simple obedience training. Get help if you need it!
1. Know what you expect.
What do you hope to accomplish by training your dog? Be specific. If you do not know what you expect of your pet, you will be frustrated. Your dog will be frustrated too! You are the leader in this relationship. Know what you expect and be realistic. Animals are individuals with different capabilities. You must realize your capabilities as a trainer too. You may need help.
2. Be consistent.
Be gentle in dealing with your dog, but move consistently toward your goals. Do not be swayed by whining, complaining, fussing or balking. Ask your dog to do something only when you are confident that he can and will do it. If you do not have control of the situation, then the dog does. If your dog in training is running wide open away from you, do you call him back? No! That is a perfect set-up for failure. Be steady and consistent.
3. Be patient.
You owe this living creature kind treatment. Gentleness is not weakness. Firmness is not inconsistent with gentleness. Yelling, hitting, kicking are out of place when dealing with your pet. Reward desired behavior too. Reward with treats and praise. Be slow to fuss.
4. Get training.
Training is readily available to help you and your pet. You can get training for your aggressive dog. But if you do not follow the guidelines discussed here, you may ruin your dog’s professional training. You probably need training more than your dog does. Do what you can, as soon as you can, to learn how to deal with your aggressive dog.
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