Tips for Behavior Training Aggressive Dogs

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 Training Aggressive Dogs


Aggressive behavior is one of the most serious problems a dog owner has to deal with. An aggressive dog can damage property, fight with other animals or injure another person. Failure to control an aggressive dog could even result in a visit from a Taylor and Blair Surrey personal injury attorney. The good news is that most aggressive dogs can be trained to change their behavior. It’s simply a matter of understanding what causes dog aggression, then devising ways to deal with it. There are two primary causes of aggression in dogs: lack of exercise, and the desire to be dominant. Understand that aggression is rarely related to a specific breed. Any dog can be aggressive if the right conditions exist.

Tips for Behavior Training Aggressive Dogs

Proper Exercise
It’s not good for any breed to be cooped up inside all day with nothing to do. A lack of exercise results in boredom and an inability to work out the natural energy dogs possess. The need for exercise isn’t so noticeable in small breeds because they may get plenty of exercise running around the house. Things are different for larger breeds. The first step in training your dog to abandon aggressive behavior is to make sure regular exercise is part of the daily routine. This can include walks around the neighborhood, chasing toys in the park, playing with other dogs, or any other activity your pet enjoys. The idea is to get him out and moving so he burns off the excess energy. Make time to play and wear out your dog’s energy.

Addressing Dominance
Dogs are pack animals, and are naturally programmed to exist within a hierarchical framework. Aggressive dogs tend to be lacking in any sort of recognized hierarchy, so they seek to dominate people and other animals. The tendency to dominate can be corrected by establishing the proper hierarchy at home. Remember that your dog is not a person. It is an animal that needs to be treated as such. When dealing with your dog, always use firm and confident language that displays you are in charge. The moment your dog starts moving toward aggression, distract him. He can’t be aggressive toward people or animals he cannot focus on. You can try distracting the dog with sound, a firm tug on the leash, a clap, or anything else that gets his attention.

This is only scratching the surface of curbing training aggressive dogs. For more information about dealing with aggressive dogs, consult a veterinarian or dog trainer. Remember, very few dogs are so far gone that aggressive behavior cannot be corrected.

Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan


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8 Responses to Tips for Behavior Training Aggressive Dogs

  1. Jamie says:

    This is a great post, I think it’s so important to get the our dog out and running!
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  2. Jaime says:

    My mom has had two dogs (one passed of old age a few years ago) and while they were never overly aggressive, she also had them in obedience school pretty early on. Sophie, her current dog, is super loyal and is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever known. :)
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  3. Good tips! Our dog is about as far from aggressive as you can get, but I’ve seen some who aren’t, for sure!
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  4. Michele says:

    I have been lucky in that the 3 dogs I have been owned by over the years only got aggressive when there was a darn good reason! I have found that love and gentleness works the best. Of course if your dog is seriously aggressive with everyone and anyone–then a good trainer would be in order.
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  5. Patty says:

    It’s very important to keep dogs in line. It can cause so many problems if a dog bites someone
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  6. Thanks for the information! My dog is a sweet and cuddly lap dog!
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  7. Rosey says:

    This is a good post. I’ve seen some agressive dogs loose in the big town (owner walking next to them) and wondered why they (the owners) thought that was okay. I am a dog lover, but safety first!

  8. There are a few aggressive street dogs near me…Most are docile, but I am sure people with sticks and stones going after the dogs does not help!

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