How to Deal With Dog Aggression Problems
Up to this point, you have discovered some of the basics of dog training. However, it can be difficult to fathom focusing on training your dog to do tricks if your dog has aggression problems! This is very unfortunate, but it's natural for some dogs. It's up to you to teach your dog that this aggression is not placed correctly in your home.
The first thing you need to do is understand why this aggression occurs. Firstly, this behavior can be common for certain types of dogs out in the wild. It can be difficult to get rid of these inborn habits. Another reason is because the dog might feel territorial. He wants to keep what is his -- his. Another issue might be that he is unfamiliar with his surroundings, and is skittish about them.
You may think you're in the clear if your dog doesn't have these symptoms, but it happens that some dogs develop aggression later on. Keep your eye out for behaviors that might be considered aggressive to see if they build. If your dog's demeanor changes, then aggression might develop.
Your dog may feel like he rules the roost, so you need to ensure that the dog realizes you are in command, and you are the authority. It's important to never back down and never treat the dog like he is the ruler.
Other dogs are beyond these beginning stages -- which can be quite serious. He might attack or hurt someone, so this needs to be dealt with right away. You can hire a dog trainer, or choose to get rid of the dog if this becomes an issue -- especially if you have young children in the house.
At the same time, it's important not to give up on your dog if you feel like there is hope. Keep on top of things and educate yourself as much as possible. Keep your dog fit and healthy, and consider how things are affecting your dog. Beyond that, examine specific requirements that your particular breed of dog has.
Just be sure not to abuse your dog or try to fight back. This will just cause the problems to escalate, and is not healthy for you or the dog. It is all about finding effective methods, and maintaining your cool in establishing your role as the leader.
Having a dog with aggression problems, or something you think might become aggression, can be incredibly difficult. With some patience and some quality education, you're sure to beat this problem so that you have a loving dog in your household.
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