Controlling Aggressive dog Behavior
AGGRESSION WITH OTHER DOGS: Dogs can be aggressive with other, especially if they have not been properly socialised with other in puppy-hood. Sometimes a dog that is naturally dominant has trouble with other especially in puberty. A dog which has a specific experience (e.g. a dogfight with another aggressive dog) may cause it to becomeaggressive towards other . Whatever the reason, it is well worth your time working on your dog's aggression toward other . You will probably get the best results, especially with a problem dog - extreme aggression, for example - if you contact a local trainer (preferably one that specialises with problem ) for individual help. Friendly dog behavioural patterns include moving side by side, sniffing behinds and tails wagging at body level (not up high or over the back). Non-friendly behavioural patterns include meeting face-to-face, ears forward and tail held high over the back. If you and another dog owner come across each others path and find your do not get along together very well, then desensitisation methods need to be put in place.
Here's what to do:
- Stand facing each other about 6 feet apart.
- Have your dog on lead and sitting on your left hand side.
- Make sure you can control your dog before trying this.
- Only one person is to walk forward whilst the other dog is sitting quietly.
- The person walking forward shall now walk two steps and sit the dog. Making sure that you are now directly in front on the other owner and dog.
- If the dog sits quietly for about 10 seconds, you then need to walk away and immediately praise the dog for being good. Do not praise the dog until you have tuned away from the subject.
- Return back to the start position and this time move in three steps. If the dog is good once again, do the same.
If the dog at any time attempts to growl give a sharp jerk with the lead, using a choker collar, with a sharp "No" command. If you have other ways of correcting your dog then you can do that instead. If you have corrected the dog for growling you need to walk back to the start position. Then go back to the forward steps that the dog performed well (at the last walk in). Do all this until thecan sit close quietly (do not push it too much on your first attempt), this takes time. If you over do it, you may not progress. Always finish on a good behavioural pattern. Never call it quits and go home if the dog has not done well. Once you are satisfied with your performance you may wish to swap places and let the other dog and the owner have a go at walking in. When you sit your dog (on the left-hand side during this procedure), you must make sure that your dog does not move or attempt to growl or bite the oncoming dog. Having the dog sitting quietly is the hardest achievement to do in thisexercise, so keep the exercises short. Upon completion you may both "FREE" (SEE OBEDIENT SECTION) your and play with your . When you place a correction on the dog if it is being aggressive you need to be able to control your dog. If the dog does not respect your authority it will become more aggressive. If this happens, ignore the aggression and walk the aggressive dog away. Start again at a further distance, keep up the training and finish on a good note. If you have no control over your dog go to your local obedience class or find a good animal handler. People who lack the pack status in the family will have trouble controlling their when attempting to correct their dog. I have two Rottweilers, an American Bulldog and a Staffy X Bullterrier, if I was walking my altogether and we are confronted by another dog, I can honestly say I can have full control over my animals. I am not cruel or use harsh methods, my respect me and when I say sit, they listen. If they turn aggressive I have usually acted before this aggression occurs. I know what my will do in different circumstances and this will be a great asset for you to learn. If you ignore bad behaviour and praise good behaviour then you will be on the way to successfully training your dog.