Dogs’ aggression can be a nightmare for everyone involved. From a small display of aggression, or lunging, into a full-on bite it could cause harm to people as well as other dogs or even your pet.
It is possible to train reactive and aggressive dogs. It takes patience and time. Find a trainer who uses positive reinforcement with both dogs and their owners.
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Many dog owners have a problem with aggression. If left unchecked it could result in serious injuries to people and pets, and in severe cases there is even a bite that could land the dog back in a shelter, or at the animal control center for euthanasia. The good news is that aggression is treatable. Fear and anxiety are often the reason for aggression, but it may also be caused by genes or a negative experience.
A good trainer will address these issues and will work with you to help your dog overcome his anxieties and fears. Find out about their methods of training as well as look for references and certificates when searching for a dog trainer within your local area. It doesn’t matter the person who prints your business cards. What is important is finding an accredited dog trainer, one who adheres to the ethical standards of their certifying organization and doesn’t use abusive methods.
It is equally important to select a trainer that has experience working with dogs that exhibit aggression. They will have experience dealing with dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior and can provide insight into the dog’s thoughts. They will be able to give you some advice about whether your dog requires medication or would benefit from seeing a veterinary behavioral specialist (DACVB). DACVBs are basically veterinarians who are experts in the field of animal behavior, and many owners of dog aggression regret not having seen one sooner because they can see the vast changes these specialists can make to their dog’s behaviour.
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Certain trainers use methods of training based on dominance that be used to issue “corrections” such as putting your dog’s backs in an alpha roll, grabbing the collar of their dog to stop them from barking or biting or biting, and also using electronic collars that vibrate or static. Although these techniques may initially make your dog more loyal, they can lead to fear and anxiety and can increase aggression.
The most effective online aggressive dog training will be focused on helping you build a stronger relationship with your pet to ensure that they will obey regardless of whether they are excited, scared or stressed. This is particularly important for dogs who exhibit aggressive behavior because they tend to snap out when they are confronted by these triggers.
A trained trainer can be helpful when your dog is anxious or thinks it must protect its family or the home. Involving your dog in a group obedience class or working with an experienced trainer can aid your dog to become more confident and decrease their aggression toward other dogs.
Urban K9, a highly rated NYC training program, provides behavior modification and training in obedience to deal with leash reactivity and aggression towards other dogs or people, resource guarding and separation anxiety. Stephen Baum, the owner is a highly trained trainer with extensive certification expertise. He also worked at Rescue Dogs Rock, NYC where he worked with rescue dogs who were difficult to locate.