Understanding Dog Aggression and Aggressive Dog Training Tips

Every dog is in need of basic dog obedience training. Your canine, like a young child, must be taught how to behave. Many dogs have behavioral problems. There are those that show aggressive dog behavior, those that that have turned barking into a hobby, those that are constantly whining, etc. So, if you are having difficulties with your dog, don’t have a panic attack! You are not the only one with an unruly pet, and there are solutions to your dog’s problems.

Dog aggression is a typical problem that dog owners are confronted with. Bad dog behaviors such as this can be eliminated. If you wish to stop dog behavior problems, however, your first step is to understand what is causing them. Correcting aggressive dogs calls upon you to discover the root of the aggression. Does you dog behave aggressively towards members of the family, strangers, or both? You must ask yourself this critical question. The answer will influence treatment of the problem.

If your dog only acts aggressively towards strangers, then it is necessary for you to learn how to socialize your dog. If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior towards people in your family, you must learn how to deal with dog pack behavior and resource guarding. Mishandling or mistreating a dog may also cause a dog to show aggression towards family members. Hence, each person in the family should learn what types of handling/treatment can provoke aggressive dog behavior.

Aggressive dog training is a hard job to do without some form of help. Books on dog behavior are an excellent resource that can guide you through basic dog obedience training and help you learn how to stop dog behavior problems (for example, dog aggression). So, if you want to train your dog in the house and don’t want to spend a ton of money on training lessons, then a book on dog behavior is an excellent investment!

Here are 5 Tips that you can use to begin correcting aggressive dogs today!

  1. If he is still a puppy, expose your pet to as many new people and environments as possible.
  2. Handle your puppy frequently, in a nonthreatening manner, so that he gets used to being touched.
  3. Let your dog know that You are the boss, or head of the family, not him.
  4. Keep obedience training lessons brief, consistent, and frequent (Two 15 minute sessions a day).
  5. Use rewards (praise/treats) when your dog behaves and punishment (nothing harsh: time out) when he does not listen to your commands.

Are You Unintentionally Encouraging Aggressive Dog Behavior?

Did you know that every single time you interact with your dog you are training him? Yes, the way you treat your canine, your reactions to his behavior, and even your body language have long lasting effects on how your dog will behave in the future. So, given this fact, it is important to know exactly what NOT to do to elicit aggressiveness in your dog. By becoming conscious of what things can trigger and foster aggressive dog behavior, you will take one step closer to prevention.

Here are the common mistakes that dog owners make when interacting with their dogs:

  1. Hitting A Dog When He Misbehaves                                                                                                                                

    You should never, ever use any sort of physical abuse or violence when punishing your dog. You cannot eliminate dog aggression by behaving in the same manner as your dog, i.e, as the aggressor. Any violence that you inflict on your dog will only backfire; he will become extremely fearful and even more aggressive and may even attack. When your dog misbehaves, an appropriate response from you would be a Firm “NO” or you could give him a “time out.”

  2. Playing “Pull and Tug” With Your Dog                                                                                                                                                                 Dogs, by the very nature, are aggressive animals. Dogs view the game of pull and tug as a struggle, or challenge, that they must overcome at any cost. Roughhousing with your dog in this manner will show him that it is okay to show aggression, as he may bite or maul you just to win the game. Instead of resorting to a game that promotes aggression, why not play ball with your energized dog or take him for a brisk walk? Exercise is always beneficial, and it will release endorphins in your dog’s brain, making him feel more relaxed and ultimately less aggressive.
  3. Keeping Your Dog Prisoner

    – Chaining up your dog for or keeping him in a cage for long periods of time is not only inhumane, it fosters aggression. Dogs are not loners. They have a need to be around people, and, like humans enjoy their freedom. Caging any animal will inevitably make it even more wild. However, if you have to temporarily put your dog in a cage or tie him up, make sure that he has all of his needs met (food, water, cleanliness, etc), and that it is not for more than a couple of hours.