The aggression of dogs can be terrifying for everyone affected. It can be anything from a minor display of aggression, to an entire bite.

It is possible to train reactive and aggressive dogs. But it requires patience and time. Find a dog trainer that utilizes positive reinforcement both for the dogs and owners.

Find a certified aggressive dog trainer

Many dog owners experience an issue with aggression. If left unchecked the behavior can cause serious injuries to people and dogs as well as, in extreme cases, even a bite that can result in the dog being in a shelter or in animal control to be killed. However, the good news is that aggressive behavior can be dealt with. Fear and anxiety are often the cause of aggression, but it may also be due to genes or a negative experience.

A reputable trainer will be able to address these problems and will work with you to help your dog overcome his anxieties and fears. If you are looking for a dog trainer, look for certifications and references, and ask what their training methods are. While anyone is able to print business cards, it is important to find a certified trainer who adheres to the ethical statement of their certifying body and avoids using aversive training techniques.

It is also important to select a trainer that is familiar with working with dogs who exhibit aggression. They have worked with dogs who display aggressive behavior and will give you insights into your dog’s thinking. You will get some good tips on whether your dog is best treated with medication, or if he would benefit from seeing a vet behaviorist (DACVB). DACVBs are basically vets that are experts in the field of animal behavior and many owners of dog aggression regret not seeing one sooner due to the massive changes these specialists can make 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 back with the alpha roll, or grabbing the collar of their dog to stop their barking or biting and using electronic static or vibrating collars. These methods may initially make your dog more obedient but they often cause anxiety and fear, which can lead to an increase in aggression.

The most effective online aggressive dog training will concentrate on helping you establish a stronger relationship with your pet, so that they will obey regardless of whether they are stressed, anxious or stressed. It is important to develop this kind of relationship for dogs who have aggressive behavior as they will be more likely to be violently reactive to triggers.

Many owners find that their aggressive dogs are insecure or feel like they have to protect their home or family, this can be dealt with by a professional trainer. Involving your dog in a group obedience class or working with an experienced trainer can aid your dog to become more confident and reduce their aggression towards other dogs.

Urban K9, a highly evaluated NYC training program, offers behavior modification and training in obedience to address leash reactivity and aggression towards other dogs and people in general, as well as separation anxiety. Stephen Baum, the owner, has extensive training and certification experience. He has also worked at Rescue Dogs Rock, NYC where he worked with rescue dogs who were difficult to place.