Dog aggression is a major dog problem for owners. Dog aggression stems from the dog’s frustration and dominance. The dog’s frustration comes from a lack of dog exercise, and the dog’s dominance comes from a lack of calm-assertive leadership.
While extreme cases should be handled by a professional, dog owners can try these six tips to begin to address their dog’s aggression towards other dogs.
1. Trainin is a must
Having a trained dog is very important. In fact usually when a dog has been trained well we don’t see dog aggression, because the dog has been taught that showing aggression is not allowed.
2. Re-socialize your dog to other dogs
Teaching your pooch how to play and socialize with other dogs without aggression or fear is essential training for new puppies. After an attack by another canine, socialization becomes even more important in order for your buddy to return to his bouncy, friendly self.
3. Keep your dog distracted with a command
With a trained dog this is easy to do simply by giving a “heel” command. A nicely trained dog will ignore the distraction and do what it was commanded.
4. Neuter or spay to prevent sexually-based aggression
5. Put your dog in a down-stay when he needs a moment to calm down
The down and down stay commands or the most important and powerful exercises you have for gaining control of your dog. When you need control simply put it in the down position. With dogs that show aggression this exercise is a must.
6. Make sure you do not give the wrong body language
Think of the difference between your body language during your lecture and during an average daily greeting or interaction. You are using a different tone of voice, moving erratically, giving very stern looks, and not touching your dog as you normally do. Your dog looks at you and sees and very different individual than he sees on an average day.
As you can see, dog aggression can be handled many different ways. By learning to work through aggression problems, you can begin to help your pet learn new ways of handling himself around other dogs.