Dog aggression has its foundation and there are different reasons that could lead to a dogs aggression. Aggression is a normal or abnormal threat or challenge that happens as a result of combat or submission by our dog and it is a very common behavioral problems with dogs especially in companion dogs. There are different types of aggression which includes fear, domination, inter-dog, territorial/protection, food-related e.t.c. Aggression can occur to any dog irrespective of age or gender and most times it happens due to fear,food,domination and other known reasons. As we all know aggression is destructive and dangerous. There are different forms to aggression and there are different reasons for its occurrence. There are common signs that you see with an aggressive dog and these include:
4. Curling lips
7. Head and Tail up with A stare
8. head and Tail down with a withdrawn body
9. Tail Waving Frantically
10. Posturing And Lunging
Sometimes we might wonder at the causes of dog aggression, Some dogs are naturally aggressive but some dogs are aggressively trained way by the owners , normally dog aggression is part of the normal range of canine behavior, but in many cases it is generally influenced by the breed of the dog, sex, personal behavior,genetics and other reasons. there are other factors for aggression which is not very common which is medical related and this could be due to pain. many a time most dogs do not become aggressive on their own but due to training or upbringing. The better way of curbing aggression is by getting a good and skilled trainer that will stop the aggression through some better techniques. Head halter and harnesses is very useful in controlling dominant dogs. Consistency, kindness and predictability in managing aggression is critical. No matter what you do, harsh punishment or any form of punishment will not help in any way, so try to avoid it because if you don’t it can lead to the dog being more aggressive.
There are ways to stop aggression in dogs:
Take your dog on a walk: Keep your dog on-leash and keep the leash short, so that you have total control over the dog.
If you see people with or without a dog approaching: Move your dog to one side of the sidewalk, keeping him as far away from the other dog as possible
As the dogs and people approach, watch your dog very closely for signs of aggression: If your dog looks at the person or dog coming with a death stare, give a quick tug at the leash.
If your dog tries to attack, give the dog a quick snap back with the leash Tell him to sit down and this is tells your dog that being calm is good and that attacking others is bad.
Repeat: Repeat the same process every time a person and dog walks by your dog.
Reward your dog!: When your dog is able to calm down and resist the urge to attack other dogs, you can reward him with a treat, or by petting your dog by saying “Good girl or good boy”, etc. This passes a message to your dog that being calm is a good thing
Whenever you think that your dog is able to calm down, make a meeting between your dog and another dog.
Introduce your dog to adults, teenagers, or a child so that they get used to people, they need to sociable
Have a role model for your dog!: If your dog doesn’t know how to calm, create a scenario for your dog. Have two calm dogs meet each other and make your dog watch how they greet each other calmly by sniffing each other instead of attacking. Do the same with a calm dog and a person. This is a good way to show your dog what is a good attitude.
Just as the bible saying goes: Train your child and he or she will give you rest so also does it apply to your dog, the way and manner in which you train your dog will decide how much peace you will have especially when you have visitors or strangers at your home. Proper dog training is very necessary and important for a long happy good and safe relationship with your dog, family and friends. Make sure your dog is physically fit, mentally alert and emotionally happy anytime your dog is with you or with any other person. positive approach is the best key to a good dog training which eventually makes life easy for you
Most times it is always good to walk your dog, especially walking through a crowd and sometimes meeting other leached dogs and new people is a great privilege to the dog and this voluntary and reliable method will promote a good and better relationship of mutual respect and trust between the owner and the pet. This positive orientation will eventually lead to a good behavior and better direction for the dog
benefits of good training include :
1. Friendly communication and good behavior
2. following instructions
3.better response to owner and friends
4. Enriching the dogs mind to find a rewarding behavior
5. Understand the right cue especially at home and in public places
6. compassion which increases the tie between the dog and the owner
7. Good training creates a good, better and enjoyable environment for you and your dog and a proper trained dog will give you peace of mind
8. Good training creates room for a bond between you and your dog
9. Mental exercise is what every dog needs and with good training they can think and learn at the same time
10. Gives you room and better tool for control over your pet especially if your dog goes out of control or have behavior issue
Obedience dog training is a very reliable and profitable experiences for you and your dog and it is very useful in many ways and this includes reinforcing your pet positively. Positive reinforcement makes your dog realize what is right and makes them do what you want them to do, sometimes you want to punish them for the bad that they do, but that does not show or teach them what to do on the other hand, punishment does not really help in the training process. reinforcing your dog positively can create a very good and interesting relationship between you and your pet. Obedience dog training usually refers to the very basic training such as making the dog respond to basic commands such as : “sit”, “down”, “come”, “stay”, “Stop”, “Back up”, “Growl“, Shake”, “Shake hands”, “Stand”, “Steady”, “Go to bed”, “Drop or drop it”, “Roll Over” E.T.C, this are all basic training which would be of benefit to you and your dog in the process.
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