Aggression between dogs can be a nightmare for everyone involved. From a slight show of aggression, or lunging, into a full-on bite it can be dangerous for people, other dogs, and even your own pet.
Reactive and aggressive dogs are able to be controlled. It takes time and patience. Choose a trainer that uses positive reinforcement for both the dog and its owner.
Find a trainer who is certified
Many dog owners have a problem with aggression. If left unchecked it could result in serious injuries to people as well as dogs, and in severe instances, even a bite that could result in the dog ending up in a shelter or even at the animal control center to be killed. It’s good to know that aggressive behavior can be treated. Aggression often stems from anxiety and fear, but it may also be genetically connected or caused by a bad experience in the past.
A good trainer will address these problems and help you assist your dog in overcoming his fears and anxieties. When you’re looking for a local dog trainer near you be sure to look for certificates and references, and ask what their training methods are. It doesn’t matter the person who prints your business cards. It is important that you find an approved dog trainer one who is in line with the ethics of their certifying organization and doesn’t employ aversive methods.
It is equally important to choose a trainer who is familiar with working with dogs that display aggression. They will have experience with dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior and can provide you with insight into the dog’s thoughts. They will be able to provide you with some suggestions on whether your dog needs medication or might be able to benefit from seeing a vet behavior specialist (DACVB). DACVBs specialize in animal behaviour and are in essence veterinarians. A lot of people with an aggressive dog regret not visiting one earlier, when they realise the positive changes that these professionals can bring to their dog’s behavior.
Find online aggressive dog training classes
Certain trainers are reliant on dominance-based training techniques that can include issuing “corrections” like putting your dog’s back in an alpha roll, holding them by the collar to keep the dog from biting or barking or biting, and also using electronic static or vibrating collars. While these techniques can initially lead to your dog becoming more obedient, they often lead to fear and anxiety that can lead to increased aggression.
The best online aggressive dog training will be focused on helping you build more trust with your pet, so that they respect you regardless of whether they are excited, scared or anxious. It is essential to practice this with dogs with aggressive behaviors because they are more likely to respond violently when they are provoked.
Many owners find that their aggressive dogs are anxious or feel that they have to protect their family or home, which can also be handled by a skilled trainer. A group obedience class, or one-on-one training with a trainer who’s experienced can help your dog to become more confident.
Urban K9 is a highly-rated NYC training program that offers behavior modification and obedience training to address leash reactivity, aggression toward other dogs or humans resources separation anxiety, and more severe behavior concerns. The owner Stephen Baum has extensive credentials and experience in training, including e-collar training, and has been working hard to get the dogs in rescue in Rescue Dogs Rock in NYC.