Aggressive behavior in dogs is one of the largest and dangerous problems the owners encounter. If your dog attacks another dog or a man while walking, it can cause serious nuisance and even legal consequences for the owner. On the other hand, aggression is a natural and even necessary phenomenon. In order to eliminate unwanted aggressive behavior in your dog, first, we need to know what exactly the temperament of your dog is.
Is my dog really aggressive?
Different people have different perceptions of dog aggression. Unfortunately, there are bad people who will scowl of your dog describes as an aggressiveness and attack. Should not talk about it that dogs are territorial animals who defend your yard. Moreover, aggression is a desirable feature in some dogs as watchdogs or police dogs.
The most of the behaviorists define aggression as an unpredictable and unprovoked attack, without previous warning. However, if you have a dog, you know that dogs very rarely attack suddenly. Before the attack, the dogs usually begin to growl because they are maybe frightened or want to protect the owner, food, puppies or something similar.
The main signs of dog’s aggression are: growling with showing of teeth, tucked ears, bulging eyes, with dilated pupils, the hair on a dog’s back (in particular to withers) goes up, an arched body with stiff walk, a tail lifted over the back or under the legs and biting.
Am I guilty for the occurrence of aggression?
Basically, the emergence of aggression has several causes. It can be hereditary, caused by poor health, or it is the result of the dog’s environment. Hereditary aggression is rare. Aggressive behavior is more frequently the result of the dog feeling bad or being in discomfort or even pain. It means that the dog’s aggression is not a behavior problem, but a health problem and requires consultation with veterinary. The third cause – environmental is most common for dog bites and it is the result of a misunderstanding (when the puppy nips at the owner’s hand during play etc.) or outright mismanagement (when children during the game pull the dog’s tail or trample dog’s paw). Most dog owners can recognize when a bite occurred due to a misunderstanding or outright mismanagement.
The owner may be unintentionally rewarding the undesired behavior, causing it to occur again and again, or the owner may not have socialized the dog properly. Only when you are unable to manage aggression or do not understand its origin, does it become a problem? Also, the owner may cause different forms of frustration in the dog due to produce aggressiveness.
How to remove aggression in dogs
One of the most effective methods of training aggressive dogs is the use of shock collars, also known as e-collar or remote training collar. If you apply this device in the right way, success will follow. Place the collar on dog’s neck, grab the remote and training can begin!
– Place the dog sitting at heel position with control – no tension on the leash and only 1⁄2 inch of slack.
– Some person walks past the dog from a distance of six feet, without looking at the dog.
– Just before he passes the dog, have the person throw a dog a small piece of a “sweet” or another treat.
– Repeat these steps up to five times per session.
When dog shows no signs of aggression at six feet, decrease the distance. Keep decreasing the distance until the dog will take a treat, open palm, from the person. The person shouldn’t look at the dog. He should pause just long enough to give the dog the treat and then pass.
If the dog during training process shows signs of aggression (described above), punish him with beep sound on e-collar. When the dog does not respond and ignore your warning, try with vibration mode. If that’s not enough, use electrostimulation mode, starting from the lowest to the higher level. It will certainly give the expected results!
In addition to training, you need to take care of some other things. When the owners are trying to calm the dog, they are yelling and screaming at him. Regardless of the circumstances, don’t yell or scream on the dog. Prey drive is stimulated by sound, especially high-pitched sounds. Screaming just escalates the intensity of an aggressiveness. So it is important to keep calm at all times.
Arrange supervised play dates with other pups and encourage interaction with well-mannered adult dogs who can teach your puppy how to behave. Keeping your dog at home until he has had all his vaccinations at 6 months of age prevents proper socialization with people and other dogs, which can be a cause for aggression. You can solve a lack of socialization with other people by gradually getting the dog used to accepting another person.
The owners must pay special attention to when using training collars in fear-biters dogs. They are not really aggressive – they only defend themselves. If necessary, in such situations, you should use the sound or low level of vibration.
The fact is that aggression is undesirable in dogs, but do not forget that it is their natural behavior which was a condition of their survival during the process of evolution. The best way to remove an aggression in dogs is to determine what produces the aggression and avoid situations that produce aggressive behavior.
During the training process always treat your dog with kindness and respect, using positive reinforcement to train. Physical correction, intimidation, and isolation only encourage aggression by adding to a dog’s anxiety.