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How to Train an Aggressive Dog
Is your dog showing signs of aggressive behavior? There are several reasons for a dog becoming quarrelsome. Once you become aware that your dog has aggression, you’ll be wise to implement suitable training to correct it. In this post you can discover how to train an aggressive dog.
Recognizing Dog Aggression
Typical signs by which a dog can display aggression are snarling, growling and frantic barking. He could also show more subtle signs such as pinning his ears to his head, standing rooted to one spot with his body stiff or giving a long, hard stare. Such signs of aggression are intended as a signal for others to back off. You should be able to recognize these signs in your dog.
Preventing Dog Aggression
You can take steps to prevent your dog developing aggression from early on. When he is newly-arrived in your family, be sure to introduce him to a large number of people. This will train him to not display aggressive behavior when he’s taken into unfamiliar territory or meets new people. Also touch him lovingly as often as you can so that he becomes used to being handled.
Never Punish Your Dog for Aggression!
Don’t ever punish your dog when he shows signs of aggressive behavior. That will only stop him from displaying the signs and he will then launch a direct attack instead. Punishing a dog is not the way to deal with aggression.
Stop Aggressive Puppy Biting
The best way to ensure success in training is to train your dog when he is still a puppy. At that early stage when he starts to deliver playful bites to your hands or feet, remember that those friendly bites could develop into something more belligerent.
To nip this potential problem in the bud, use this method to teach him a good lesson in dog obedience:
When he bites you, be assertive and loudly say to him, “NO!”. A puppy will usually get the message. However, if he’s being stubborn and still doesn’t stop biting, put him into a room and leave him there alone for 30 seconds. That should make him realize that such behavior is not acceptable. He will also understand that you are the “alpha leader” and not he, which is very important.
Conditioning Your Dog’s Behavior
A well-known method that is used in psychology is known as the conditioning method. With this method, the mind is conditioned to think in a specific direction. In aggressive dog behavior training, this is how it works:
If you find that your dog’s aggressive behavior is the result of the presence of other dogs in “his” territory, you can use that same aggression to change his way of thinking. You can associate that aggressive attitude towards other dogs with something positive.
For example, on occasions when your dog barks or lunges at other dogs or fights with them, simply give him a treat. With every such incident that happens and your dog receives a treat, he will begin to associate the presence of other dogs with receiving a reward.
In time to come, he will no longer act aggressively toward other dogs but will simply anticipate a treat when other dogs come onto the scene. You will thus have helped to transform his behavior in a positive way.
Reinforcing Your Dog’s Good Behavior
You should reward your dog every time he follows an order correctly or behaves according to the way you’ve trained him. This will help to reinforce the good behavior and ensure that he continues behaving well.
These have been some tried-and-tested methods of how to train an aggressive dog successfully. If you train your dog diligently, you will be rewarded with a well-behaved and obedient pet with which you can share many happy activities.
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