Our family has had German Shepard dogs as well as pit bulls as family pets in our four years. All of them were sweet, loving lovable family members. They all loved to play. One of our dogs, though, was a little more high-strung than others. This little guy was prone to snapping at people. Could it be genetics that cause some dogs to have this type of temperament or aggressive behavior?
During my research for this article, I discovered that there are several breeds that are prone to this type of aggression and others that have experienced early trauma. As I uncovered facts on the causes and symptoms of aggression in these pets, I found that the solutions for aggressive behavior dog training are pretty much the same for all of them.
An aggressive dog is a poor dog and a dangerous dog; these dogs are usually the reason I have to bite off more than I can chew. Aggression in dogs has many causes, but most of it can be traced to lack of obedience training.
Yes, lack of training is a horrible thing. It makes me angry when I see dog owners who haven’t taken the time to train their dogs themselves. There are a few things that you need to understand about aggressive dogs.
The first thing is that you need to pinpoint where the aggression is coming from. By doing this you can then move on to the next step. Knowing what your dog is aggressive towards is the next step.
When you see a dog that is being aggressive towards people, there is a couple of things you can do to stop it. The first thing you can do is try to distract him. You need to tell the dog “no”, or “wait” before you can take a step toward him. You can even pet him or play with him, because that will distract him and get him to stop the aggressive behavior.
You can also try to realize what triggers the aggressive dog to start. As humans, there are a couple of things that we know trigger aggressive behavior: when someone is entering his territory, or they are wearing something that he doesn’t like.
One of the best things to do when you see a dog that is being aggressive is take them to the vet. It is possible that the problem is a physical one, and it is also possible that the dog is just acting territorial. If you cannot figure out what the trigger is, you can give the dog a chew toy to take care of that.
Biting and barking should be resolved at an early age and designated as a secondary prevention technique. A trick that many dog owners use to teach their dogs to control their aggressive behavioral issues is shaking their head when they do something that they shouldn’t have done in the first place.
Don’t turn a blind eye to bad behavior. As a dog owner, you have to admit that you are probably complacent. Ignoring bad behavior is the worse thing you can do as a dog trainer. Say something confirming such as “yes, I’m there” to channel the dog’s attention to you.
As your dog’s focus shifts to you, use calming words and soothing tones. In moments when you’d like the dog to be closer to you, call him over to you. Do this in a way that will satisfy all his needs and redirect his attention. As you guide him over to your direction, pat him and use encouraging words.
An aggressive dog is a liability and for most owners is something they have to live with for a long time. You will need to train the dog properly and early so that they don’t become a liability. Dogs that have been properly trained are more likely to be friendly and happy and not act violently towards people or other dogs.
Maintaining control over your dog will prevent a lot of bad feelings and aggressive behavioral issues as your dog grows older. You will command him to sit, stay, or lie down, and he will do what you ask because you’ve already learned that as a puppy your dog responded well to your instructions.