If your puppy is displaying aggressive behaviors, this can be especially challenging to you and you maybe thinking of how to stop your puppy from being aggressive. In many cases, aggressive behavior is often wrongly interpreted as dominant behavior by the owner. And many owners try to dominate their dogs simply by trying to establish themselves as more dominant. This can lead to aggression adoptions.
The pattern of aggression is something that starts early, and it’s possible that it’s could be something that your puppy had learned before he came to live with you. In other words, his early experiences with his siblings or with his mother — perhaps even with his breeder before he came to live with you — create the background against which he will react for the rest of his life. Most dogs that grow up with strong animal guarding practices will indeed be aggressive as they age.
It is important to take a moment to understand what is driving your puppy’s aggressive behavior. Once you have identified the triggering factors, you can work with your puppy to gradually treat the behavior and even prevent it. Some common signs of aggressive behavior include frequent growling or barking, obsessive guarding of objects, and snapping.
Aggressive behavior is often triggered by threats or dangers that innately apply to the dog. These threats or dangers include other dogs barking or growling at the dog, approaching strangers, other animals, and sudden, unpredictable movements.
Some puppies are aggressive because they want to establish their position as the alpha dog, or they want to be the protector of the pack and so they will become aggressive.
The treatment for your puppy’s aggression will vary (depending on whit’s causing the aggression) but the overall goal is to help him overcome his negative behavior and move on.
Aggression towards strangers is probably is one of the cause because your puppy feels that he is the one who is to protect the family. He feels that the “bad guys” are coming into his territory and so he must be the one to stop them.
If your puppy is aggressive but you don’t see any of these other signs, then you may want to challenge his perception of reality by exposing him to situations that cause him stress. By exposing him to these situations and help him shake the idea that someone is trying to tell him what to do, then he will start to accept strangers more.
Aggression can also occur because of fear. A puppy that has not had much experience with people or animals and is apprehensive or afraid is capable of becoming aggressive. A puppy that has a very difficult past — a past that included abuse and starvation — may also become aggressive because of fear. Knowing what’s causing your pet aggressive will be the “key” to your training success.
Also try to provide good socialization experiences for your puppy. When you take him out for walks and meet other dogs, show him that they are OK and leave him to “socialize” with them.
A puppy who is socialized and has plenty of positive experiences with other dogs is neither scared nor territorial. He will likely be able to focus his energy on receptive rather than aggressive experiences. He will also learns to relax with other dogs, and learns the language of play. Positive experiences with other dogs will teach him how to play in a non-aggressive way.
It is important for you to stop any negative or threatening behavior while it is happening. This will send a clear message to your puppy that these behaviors are inappropriate. And, because he had learned that he is likely to encounter this kind of reaction, he will be more likely to avoid these negative behaviors in the future.
There are some steps that you can take to prevent potential aggressiveness problems. One way is to keep your puppy on a leash in the immediate vicinity of the situation that is causing the aggression. This allows you to control the situation and your puppy can learn to recognize the issue and react instinctively to avoid it.
Another approach is through obedience training. The rewards that you give your puppy for good behavior will teach him to recognize right from wrong. You can give him a treat or praise him.
Obedience training also teaches you how to assert your authority over your puppy. When your puppy knows that he must listen to you, he will be more prone to follow and carry out your commands. This training is also helpful when trying to retrain an aggressive dog that has gotten used to a life of aggression.
It’s important to always study your dog’s behavior to find the source of the aggression as this is specific to each pet. But generally, an aggressive dog will become aggressive due to some specific causes such as territorial dominance or he is considering himself to be the alpha in the house.
In a household, if your puppy considers himself as the alpha, he would want to have control. Make sure that your puppy knows that you are the alpha or leader. If you are not prepared to do this, you should not own a dog.