Dog aggression can be very scary for everyone affected. It could range from a small display of aggression to a full on bite.
You can train reactive and aggressive dogs. But it requires time and patience. Choose a trainer that uses positive reinforcement for both the dogs and owners.
Find a trained instructor who is certified
Aggression is a major issue for a lot of pet owners. If left unchecked it could result in serious injuries for both people as well as dogs, and in severe cases the bite can result in the dog being in a shelter, or at the animal control center to be killed. It’s important to understand that aggression can be treated. The reason for aggression is usually anxiety and fear, but it can also be genetically linked or caused by a bad previous experience.
A reputable trainer will be able to address these problems and will work with you to aid your dog to overcome his anxieties and fears. When you’re looking for a dog trainer be sure to look for certificates and references, and inquire what their training methods are. While anyone is able to print business cards, it’s important to find a certified trainer who follows the ethics declaration of their certifying body and doesn’t use any abrasive training techniques.
You must also seek out a trainer with experience in dealing with dogs who are aggressive. They have worked with dogs who have aggressive behaviors and provide insight into the dog’s thoughts. They will give you good tips on whether your dog needs to be treated with medication, or if it would benefit from seeing a veterinary behaviorist (DACVB). DACVBs are experts in animal behavior and are basically veterinarians. Many owners of an aggressive dog regret not having seen one sooner when they realize the changes these specialists can bring to their dog’s behaviour.
Look for Online Dog Training Classes
Some trainers rely on dominance-based training techniques that can include issuing “corrections” like rolling your dog on their backs in an alpha roll, or grabbing the collar to prevent their barking or biting or biting, and also using electronic collars that vibrate or static. These methods may initially make your dog more obedient but they tend to cause anxiety and fear, which in turn can increase aggression.
The best online aggressive dog training will focus on helping you develop a stronger relationship with your pet to ensure that they respect you even when they’re excited, scared or stressed. It is important to do this for pets with aggressive behaviour since they are more likely to be violently reactive when they are provoked.
A skilled trainer can help when your dog is anxious, or feels like it must protect its family or the home. A group obedience class, or one-on-one instruction with a trainer who’s experienced can help your dog to improve his confidence.
Urban K9 is a highly-rated NYC training center that provides behavior modification and obedience training to address leash reactivity, aggression towards other dogs and humans and humans, resource guarding separation anxiety, as well as more serious behavior issues. Owner Stephen Baum has extensive credentials and training experience, including the e-collar, and has worked with hard to place the dogs in rescue in Rescue Dogs Rock in NYC.