The escalating behavior between dogs can be frightening for all who are involved. It can range from a small display of aggression, to a full-on bite.

It is possible to train reactive and aggressive dogs. It takes patience and time. Look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcement with both dogs and owners.

Find a certified aggressive dog trainer

Aggression is a major issue for many pet owners. Unchecked aggression can cause serious injuries to humans and dogs. In the worst cases, a dog’s bite could cause the animal to be returned to a shelter, or even to an department of animal control for euthanasia. It’s important to understand that aggressive behavior is treatable. Anxiety and fear are typically the cause of aggression, however, it could also be due to the genetics of a person or an experience that has been negative.

A skilled trainer will tackle these problems and help you aid your dog to overcome his fears and anxieties. When looking for a local dog trainer, look for certifications and references, and inquire about their training techniques. While anyone is able to create business cards, it is 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 an experienced trainer who has worked with dealing with dogs that are aggressive. Having worked with this type of behavior in the past they’ll be able to provide you with an idea of what could be happening inside your dog’s mind and the best method to teach the dog to be more calm and peaceful. You’ll get advice on whether or not your dog is best treated with medication, or if it would be better off seeing a veterinarian behaviorist (DACVB). DACVBs specialize in animal behavior and are in essence veterinarians. Many owners of doggies that are aggressive regret not seeing one earlier, when they realise the positive changes that these professionals can make to their dog’s behaviour.

Search for online dog training

Some trainers rely on dominance-based training techniques that can include imposing “corrections” like putting your dog on their back in an alpha roll, holding the collar to stop their barking or biting and using electronic collars that vibrate or static. These methods may initially increase the obedience of your dog but they tend to create anxiety and fear which can lead to an increase in aggression.

The best online dog training will concentrate on helping you develop a stronger relationship with your pet, so that they respect you even when they are excited, scared, or stressed. This is especially important for dogs who exhibit aggressive behavior because they tend to snap out in response to these triggers.

A skilled trainer can help if your dog is insecure or thinks it is required to guard the family or home. A class for obedience in a group, or one-on-one instruction with a trainer that is experienced can help your dog to become more confident.

Urban K9 is a highly-rated NYC training center that provides obedience and behavior modification to tackle leash reactivity, aggression towards other dogs and humans and humans, resource guarding separation anxiety, as well as more severe behavioral issues. Owner Stephen Baum has extensive credentials and training experience, which includes E-collar training. He has also worked with hard to place rescue dogs in Rescue Dogs Rock in NYC.