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Dog Obedience Training: Are You Really Training Your Dog Right?
Are good manners important to you? If they are, they should be for your dog as well! Perhaps needless to say, dog obedience training is essential to enhance both your dog’s quality of life and your own. Whether you have a dog purely for companionship and leisure or for competition and other sporting events, surely you don’t want a dog that runs wildly around, barking at anyone, chewing up random items along the way, going to the bathroom anywhere and and at any time… the list goes on.

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Aggressive dog behavior

  1. 1. aggressive dog behavior
  2. 2. Aggressive Dog Behavior and How to Control It Why, Puppy, WHY? What Causes Dog Aggression There are a number of reasons behind aggressive dog behavior. First of all, aggression is actually a part of the normal behavior of dogs and in a dog’s world is used to control specific situations. The most common of these isdominance-related aggression, which relates to territory and can happen with dogs of all breed types. Much like human beings, a dog’s behavior is highly affected by his or her pastexperiences. Any past traumatic experience that evokes fearand pain – such as an attack from another dog – may trigger aggressiveness in your dog.
  3. 3. Aggressive Dog Behavior and How to Control It Dogs may become aggressive as early as 6 weeks of age, and things such as puppy biting, while cute at that age, may become out of control later on if your dog is notproperly trained. At this age, they need to be trained and socialized with other dogs. It is not advisable to take a puppy away from its litter before 8 weeks of age, and puppies should be treated very gently. Avoid hitting and yelling as well since these actions may eventually result in the exact aggressive behavior that you don’t want to see in your dog!Aggressive dog behavior is caused and affected by a number of different factors, suchas dog breed. Some breeds by nature are comparatively more aggressive than others.One thing that is common across different breeds, however, is that neutering your dog reduces its chances at exhibiting aggressive behavior.
  4. 4. Aggressive Dog Behavior and How to Control It Having said that, the most important variablethat can really bring out dog aggression is your dog’s environment. Dogs under poor livingconditions and/or who suffer abuse from theirmasters and live in fear and isolation are most likely to become aggressive.
  5. 5. I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSIONIf your dog’s living conditions are conditions are ‘normal’ and you’re still faced with an aggressive dog, it’s time that you learn to establish dominance and control over your pet (preferably starting at a very young age, but if they didn’t start young there’s nobetter time than now) and maintain this control all throughout. You can’t just tell your dog that you’re the one in charge – you must believe in this and show it.Much of what dogs understand about communication is through body language, and if yours says,”I’m scared!”, they’ll respond accordingly. Make sure that they respond to your commands during feeding, walking time, and so on.
  6. 6. I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSION Aggressive dog behavior also comes in many forms – dog to dog aggression, leash aggression, stranger aggression, food bowl aggression… the list can go on. Dogs with defensive-aggressive behavior may attack a person out of fear, so until you are absolutely sure that their behavior has been corrected, do not let them near small children in particular. Small children tend to be afraid of dogs and may display fright. Dogs can sense this, and dogs that have not been properly socialized may attack people who show fear at their presence. If their aggressiveness is out of control, it’s highly recommended that you seek advice from a dog training specialist or your veterinarian as to how to properly and safelyrehabilitate your dog. Aggressive dog behavior is dangerous but can be prevented with proper care and dog obedience training. Don’t let your dog’s aggression turn into full- blown violence. When it feels beyond your control, seek professional help. That way, you can avoid hurting your dog, yourself, and others.
  7. 7. I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSION More often than not, dogs become more aggressive when they have reached their sexual maturity, most likely after 14 months old. If this is the case, make sure that you don’t just neglect and overlookthese kinds of behavior. Like a pack leader, never reward your dog for its ferociousness, even when your dog is displaying aggression due to fear.
  8. 8. I’M THE BOSS… OR AM I? YOUR FIRST STEP TO CONTROLLING YOUR DOG’S AGGRESSION Make your dog respond to your orders andcontrol feeding and walking times to impose the idea of putting limitations on what your dogthinks it can do. If this is not done properly, their natural instincts of domination through aggression will come out. Aggressive dog behavior is one of the most problematic situations a dog owner may encounter. But take heart. The overwhelmingmajority of dogs with aggression issues can be trained and handled safely, even older dogs. Remember, though, that if the problem at anypoint seems to be beyond your control – seek a professional’s help immediately before the problem really escalates and potentially dire consequences follow.