Aggression can be just as common in dogs as it is in people. Keep a watchful eye on your dog and learn how to stop his aggressive behavior!
There are a variety of behavior traits that can be used to diagnose and eventually stop aggressive behavior in dogs. Some common characteristics includes fear, rejection, possessiveness and aggression towards others.
Once you have determined the reasons for your dog’s aggressive behavior and affirmed that is it not due to a medical condition, it is necessary to start taking action to address this behavior as soon as possible to avoid any further accidents.
To aid in your obedience training, keep a record of your dog’s aggressiveness trends. Mark down the incidents as soon as it happens so that you can better predict his aggression (e.g. showing teeth, making aggressive sounds, growling, etc.). Take note on which activities triggered his aggressive behaviors and how you have managed to successfully manage it.
One of a popular way to curb your dog’s aggressiveness is through the use of spray bottle. This handy device is an effective way to modify your dog’s aggressive behavior. When you feel your dog is about to “go” into an aggressive response, give him a spray. This will typically stop him instantly and cause him to retreat.
Also take early preventative measures. Long before aggression becomes a problem, teach your dog to sit and wait. Both are going to be a very useful commands when you need your dog to behave himself. Until he understands all the house “rules”, you must be willing to help him with the obedience training.
Like human beings, dogs are easier to be controlled when they know what to expect. Obedience training for dogs is a wonderful way to establish boundaries and teach your dog how to behave. You will want to make sure that your program will address destructive chewing, barking, digging, aggressiveness and any other behavior issues your canine may have.
Socializing your dog is a great way to help preventing any aggressive tendencies. Get him to “meet up” with your guests or other pets so as to build up his personality and characters.
Keep in mind that an overly active dog that is constantly demands for attention could be a “target” for becoming aggressive.
Your dog may not exactly ready to accept YOU that comes into his life uninvited. You’ll want to give him some time to become acquainted with you and your family, and to discover and enjoy his new world.
Some dogs who have been raised in kennels or who have not been socializing around will be overly sensitive to being corrected. These dogs may become irritable at the smallest level of correction.
The best way to help such dog is to follow a traditional obedience training program. This can take several weeks but it does not involve complicated skill sets or commands.
It’s also a good idea not let your dog becoming overbearing or domineering. This kind of dog can be too much to handle if you are not physically or mentally prepared for his behavior correction.
Dogs have to be watched and trained to be social, and they should never be allowed to dominate you or your family. It’s a good idea to have a friend or family member take your dog for a walk or to a park. This is about him meeting people and becoming comfortable in a new environment.
The most important thing you can do is to avoid creating a stressful and potentially dangerous environment for your dog. Look for a secure and confined space for your dog (crate could be one of the option), give him lots of exercise as well as conducting obedience behavior training for him.
If you don’t have that “space” and uses too many controls in trying to “contain” your dog, you may end up actually making the situation worse. If he is getting aggressive in anyway, (maybe even to the point of attacking) then you will have to change your training approaches before he may even develop anxiety problems.
Always take your dog out with a lead and muzzle. Make sure you go through doorways, gates and fences with your dog on the lead. You need to walk through with him on the lead so that he understands that you (as pack leader) are the ones deciding when and where he will go.
Aggressive dog behavior is typically short lived, and is best managed through early detection and handling. This will involve applying obedience training. Without this training, your dog can often become overly disobedient, dominating, and even aggressive. Be an Alpha Dog in the eye of your dog and maintain calm and assertive demeanor that your dog can respect and listen to!