A dog that barks, growls, or snaps at other dogs, as well as people other than the owner, may be exhibiting aggressive behavior. This is an embarrassing behavior that dog owners should work on. In fact, behavioral training for dogs should begins from the moment you adopt a dog back home to the moment you take him outside.
The more your dog is exposed to the behavior training, the more well behavior he will be. He will become confident and comfortable with you as the head of the pack. You will certainly want a pet who is well behaved be it in your home or in public places.
It is important to first determine why your dog is aggressive. This is a process well worth your time as you will need to determine if it is a behavioral problem, medical issue, or a combination of both. It is important to have this information before you begin any kind of training.
The problem is dogs don’t think like humans do. They perceive their surroundings differently than we do. They don’t think in terms of “bad behavior” or “good behavior.” They know only “dog behavior.”
According to the Humane Society of the United States, 25% of the dog population is aggressive by nature. An aggressive dog has an innate desire to dominate, and will bark, bite, or snap at anyone who challenges their authority.
This type of behavior problems are usually the result of mistreatment in the past, and the dog will receive reinforcement from the owner and possibly others for this type of behavior.
With persistent patterns of behavior, and perhaps because of boredom or feeling abandoned, many dogs develop destructive behaviors. These destructive behaviors can include digging, chewing, scratching, urinating indoors and aggressive barking.
These “unwanted” behaviors makes the dog training a critical task for dog owner. Training can be used to help keep your dog from growling at strangers and even to help keep them from barking and pulling on leashes.
Determine the behavior culprits. There are a number of factors that can cause anxiety or aggressiveness in dogs. Observe your dog closely and watch out for interacts, patterns and trigger.
Set up a Safe Zone – An area, such as his crate or kennel, where your dog can go to if he becomes anxious or aggressive. This area will provide your dog with his own “space” that he can call his own, a type of comfort zone that will soothe him if he feels anxious or angry. It will also serve to give him a positive association with his safe zone and he will be more inclined to want to go there to seek comfort rather than anywhere else.
Dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior can be a danger to their owners, other dogs, and themselves. Each step of dealing with this problem is important, and the last thing you would want to do is to let it go.
Fortunately there are many ways to prevent such behaviors from becoming champions of mischief or danger. With a little patience and understanding, and a system to communicate effectively with your pet, you can help your dog feel more independent and less threatened, building a peaceful, safe and rewarding relationship.
Knowing your dog’s psychology and behaviors is a significant element in bringing peaceful, long lasting change to your dog’s life. What you think and feel about your dog’s behavior will determine what kind of changes you end up with.
Your dog lives in a human world but she is still a dog. She still thinks like a dog. The fact is that you are going to have to do some changes in your dog’s dog behavior to solve this behavior problem. If you don’t want her to pee on your rug, you are going to have to change her dog behavior.
If you yell at her or scold her, she is just going to be confused. She is a very smart dog, but she is also a dog, so she is going to do what she wants to do. Be patient and dedicated to changing her dog behavior.
If you are experiencing severe behavior issues with your dog, it may worth to try changing your thinking and become more aware of how your dog’s thoughts and feelings work. That’s when you begin to change your dog’s life – about how you are giving your dog peace of security and how you are re-balancing your relationship with your dog.