The escalating behavior between dogs can be frightening for all involved. From a slight show of aggression, or lunging, towards a full-on attack, it can cause harm to people as well as other dogs and even your own pet.
The aggressive and reactive dogs are able to be controlled. It takes time and patience. Find a dog trainer that uses positive reinforcement for both the dogs and their owners.
Find a trainer who is certified
Aggression is a big problem for many pet owners. Inadequately handled aggression can result in serious injuries to both humans and dogs. In severe cases, a dog’s bite could result in the animal being returned to a shelter, or even to an department of animal control for euthanasia. It is important to recognize that aggressive behavior can be treated. Anxiety and fear are typically the root of aggression but it can also be due to genetics or a negative experience.
A good dog trainer will assist you in overcoming the dog’s anxiety and fears by addressing these concerns. Ask about their training methods and look for references and certificates when searching for a dog trainer within your local area. While anyone is able to create business cards, it’s important to find a certified trainer who follows the ethics guidelines of their certifying body and avoids using aversive training techniques.
It is also important to find a trainer who is familiar with working with dogs that exhibit aggression. As someone who has dealt with this type of behavior in the past they’ll be able to offer an idea of what could be going on in the dog’s head and how best to train the dog to be more calm and peaceful. They will give you good advice on whether or not your dog should be treated with medication or if it would benefit from seeing a vet behavior specialist (DACVB). DACVBs are veterinarians who specialize in animal behavior and many people with aggressive dogs later regret not seeking one earlier because they see the huge changes these specialists can make to their dog’s behaviour.
Search for online dog training
Some trainers rely on dominance-based training techniques that can be used to issue “corrections” like rolling your dog back with the alpha roll, grabbing the collar to keep their barking or biting, and using electronic static or vibrating collars. These techniques can make your dog more obedient but they tend to result in anxiety and fear which can lead to an increase in aggression.
The best online dog training will be focused on helping you develop an improved relationship with your pet so that they respect you regardless of whether they are anxious, scared or stressed. This is particularly important for dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior because they tend to get angry and lash out when they are confronted by these triggers.
A trained trainer can be helpful in the event that your dog is nervous or thinks it is required to guard the family or home. Enrolling in a group obedience class or working with an experienced trainer can assist your dog in becoming more confident and reduce their aggression toward other dogs.
Urban K9 is a highly-rated NYC training program that provides obedience and behavior modification to address leash reactivity, aggression toward other dogs or humans resources, separation anxiety, and more severe behavioral issues. Owner Stephen Baum has extensive credentials and training experience, including the e-collar, and has been working hard to get rescue dogs in Rescue Dogs Rock in NYC.