Aggression between dogs is a frightening experience for everyone who are involved. From a small display of anger or a snarl towards a full-on attack, it can cause harm to people or other dogs, or even your pet.
Reactive and aggressive dogs can be trained. It takes time and patience. Look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcement with both dogs and their owners.
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Many dog owners experience issues with aggression. If not addressed, aggression can cause serious injuries to pets and humans. In extreme cases an animal’s bite can result in the animal being sent back to a shelter, or even to the department of animal control for euthanasia. The good news is that aggression can be treated. Aggression often stems from anxiety and fear, however it could also be genetically connected or result from a negative previous experience.
A good trainer will address these issues and work with you to aid your dog to overcome his fears and anxieties. When looking for a local dog trainer, look for certifications and references, and inquire about their training techniques. While anyone is able to print business cards, it’s important to find a certified trainer who adheres to the ethical guidelines of their certification body and doesn’t use any abrasive methods of training.
It is also important to select a trainer that has worked with dogs that display aggression. They’ll have experience working with dogs that display aggressive behavior and will give you insights into your dog’s thinking. You will get some good guidance on whether your dog is best treated with medication or if he could benefit from seeing a vet behaviorist (DACVB). DACVBs are vets that specialize in animal behavior and many people with pets that are aggressive regret not seeking one earlier due to the massive changes these specialists can make in their dog’s behavior.
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Certain trainers are reliant on methods of training based on dominance that include imposing “corrections” like rolling your dog back in the alpha roll, holding the collar to prevent the dog from biting or barking or biting, and also using electronic static or vibrating collars. While these techniques can initially help your dog become more willing to obey, they frequently cause anxiety and fear that can lead to increased aggression.
The most effective online aggressive dog training will focus on helping you build more trust with your pet, so that they obey you even when they are stressed, anxious or stressed. It is important to do this for dogs who have aggressive behavior since they are more likely to respond violently when they are provoked.
A trained trainer can be helpful when your dog is anxious, or feels like it has to protect the family or home. Enrolling in a group obedience class or working with a trained trainer can assist your dog in becoming more confident and reduce their aggression towards other dogs.
Urban K9 is a highly-rated NYC training program that provides obedience and behavior modification to tackle leash reactivity, aggression towards other dogs and humans, resource guarding, separation anxiety, and more serious behavior issues. The owner Stephen Baum has extensive credentials and training experience, including e-collar training, and has worked with hard to place rescue dogs at Rescue Dogs Rock in NYC.