When your dog growls, snaps, bites, or does anything that is considered aggressive, he is acting out in response to a situation. The display behaviors are natural to the dog. However, in your world, these are unacceptable behaviors and you would certainly need to know how to stop your dog from being aggressive.
If you let your dog get away with acting aggressively towards other dogs, this reinforces his bad behavior, and as you know, a dog will do anything that he possibly can to get positive results.
The first step in resolving your dog’s aggression is to identify the specific stimulus that is making your dog aggressive. This is typically done with an e-collar. An electronic collar delivers an electric shock or pleasant tone. It works by delivering continuous strong pulsing wave sensation.
The pulsing waves are meant to get your dog’s attention and they are not painful. When your dog responds in an aggressive manner, you can make use of the e-collar to deliver a mild shock to him. Over time, your dog will learn to associate aggressiveness with the pulsing wave sensation and knows that if he behaves aggressively, he will be greeted with an unpleasant sensation.
Apart from using electric training aid, you can also work with your dog on his human interaction. The key to this approach is to establish yourself as the pack leader. Establishing yourself as the leader is the most vital thing you can do to prevent dogs from getting aggression. Once you establish yourself as the leader, you will smooth out many of your dog’s behaviors.
To make your Fido associate you as his pack leader, one easy way to do this is to develop a daily routine that your dog can follow through. For example, if you feed your dog and walk with him at the same time every morning, he’s going to develop a routine. And over time, he will accept you as his “alpha” dog. The pack leader, after all, gets to eat and walk with his group.
As part of your routine, walk your dog to the door and have him sit. One of the first things you may notice is that your dog is reluctant to come to you. When he finally does come to you, reward him for his patience and obedience.
Give him a treat, and a quick scratch or rub behind the ears. Soon it will become a learned response, part of the daily routine. Your dog will come to you at the scheduled time, sit, and wait for his treat. And, as with all training, eventually, he’ll associate the reward with the behavior (reward based training), and the treat and attention will be enough to get him to sit every time.
You can adopt this approach – “reward-based” training to address and correct any behavior issue your dog is having. Spend time bonding and training your dog.
Though it’s best to train your dog several times a day, do keep an eye on him during the day. This will allow you to prevent him from establishing any dangerous, uncontrollable, aggressive behaviors, like growling when you try to make him sit.
If your dog shows any signs of aggression, say “No” and give special treatment to your dog (e.g. rubbing his belly while saying “ouch” in a deep, stern voice). Remember to give plenty of praise for any of his good behavior.
Increase the levels of interaction with your dog. Set up situations where your dog gets some negative reaction to his bad behavior, and praise him when he performs the right action.
For example, say your dog jumps on you for attention. When he starts to jump, turn your back towards him. If he sits instead, praise him and pet him for 30 seconds. Then turn around and ignore him for three minutes.
During the first two sessions, your dog will be thinking, “Okay, so I am supposed to jump and get pet by you?” But after three sessions, he will know that he shouldn’t jump as he’ll get an abrupt negative reaction and know that you are not happy with him. In due time he will realize that he shouldn’t jump.
It’s very important to make sure that your dog gets daily exercise and is prepared to meet any emotional need that arises. A dog who is at home all day and unable to burn off extra energy is more likely to succumb to bad habits and mood swings.
Remember to stay strong and calm when you’re training your dog. A dog who feels that he holds power over his owner will be difficult to train and will have a lot of behavioral issues. But a little patience and constancy go a long way towards breaking the tension of frustration that grows when your dog misbehaves and when he finally gets a correction.