An aggressive dog often needs more exercise, socialization and may suffer from health issues. Work with your veterinarian, dog trainer to control aggression.
Dog training takes time and effort. And it needs to start the day you bring your puppy or dog home.
Dog training should be a lifelong project for you and your dog. Make it fun and mix playtime with dog training.
To be successful, use these dog training tips: Be a leader, be firm, be humane and give praise.
Be a leader
Dogs are social, pack-oriented animals who respond best to a leader figure whether dog or human. The best pack leaders are the ones who are the most consistent. Dogs react to consistency because they know they can trust the consistent leader. Consistent leaders don’t invite the dog onto the couch one day and punish him the next when he jumps on the couch without permission.
Good leaders are firm without being harsh. A good leader tells the dog to do something. He or she doesn’t shout at the dog, plead with the dog or scream at the dog to obey. The punctuation at the end of a good leader’s command is merely a period.
Third, a good leader is compassionate. He or she doesn’t punish the dog for mistakes that were made by the leader.
When the dog does something praiseworthy, deliver approval immediately. The good leader does not praise behaviors that are unwanted, no matter how unintentional the recognition may be.
If the dog is showing fear, aggressiveness, or timidity, the good leader either ignores the behavior or tells the dog to knock it off. The good leader doesn’t praise, and, therefore, encourage the response, by stroking the dog, telling him it’s OK, you’re a good boy, etc., while the dog is acting out.
When choosing dog collars, consider the materials and ensure you get the right size. Also, consider why you need the collar.
Teach children to minimize dog bite risks and remember the rules as an adult. Ask for permission before petting a dog, don’t poke or prod.
Cure dog separation anxiety with medication, treats, exercise and training. Work with your dog to make him feel more at ease when you’re away from home.
Prevent dog fights by watching for situations that may trigger them. If you sense a dangerous situation, remove your dog immediately.
Typical aggressive puppy warning signs include snarling, growling, mounting, snapping, lunging, challenging stance, aggressive barking, and biting.
Make your dog neighbor-friendly. Listen to their concerns, especially if your dog barks at them nonstop, dig holes, or escapes into their yard.
Potty train an older dog: Establish a routine, use lots of praise, take him outside often, and learn to watch his cues. And never scold.
Dog stress: Watch for seven warning signs your dog is in danger and take immediate action to help your dog. Stress can cause serious health issues.
Train your dog at home: Prevent bad habits like barking, biting and chewing by focusing on simple obedience commands. Keep training sessions short and fun.