Dog aggression can be extremely frightening for all who is involved. It could range from a small display of aggression, to a full on bite.
Reactive and aggressive dogs can be tamed. It takes time and patience. Find a dog trainer that uses positive reinforcement for both the dogs and their owners.
Choose a dog trainer who is certified
Aggression is a significant issue for a lot of dog owners. If not taken care of the behavior can cause serious injuries to people and dogs and, in the worst cases, even a bite that can result in the dog being in a shelter, or at animal control for euthanasia. However, the good news is that aggression can be dealt with. The reason for aggression is usually anxiety and fear, however it can also be genetically connected or triggered by a negative experience in the past.
A reputable dog trainer will help you overcome the dog’s anxiety and fears by addressing these issues. Learn about their training techniques and seek out references and certifications when looking for an instructor for your dog within your local area. While anyone is able to make business cards, it’s important to find a certified trainer who adheres to the ethical guidelines of the body that certifies them and does not use abrasive training techniques.
It is equally important to choose a trainer who is familiar with working with dogs that display aggression. As someone who has dealt with this type of behavior previously they’ll be able to offer some insights into what might be going on in your dog’s brain and the best method to teach him. They’ll be able to provide you with some suggestions on the need for medication or might be able to benefit from seeing a vet behavioral 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 make to their dog’s behaviour.
Look for Online Dog Training Classes
The methods used by trainers who focus on dominance might include “corrections” like rolling your dog with an alpha roll or grasping their collars to stop them from biting or barking. They may also utilize electronic collars that vibrate or are static. Although these techniques may initially lead to your dog becoming more obedient, they often result in anxiety and fear that can lead to increased aggression.
The best online aggressive dog training will be focused on helping you develop a stronger relationship with your pet, so that they obey you regardless of whether they are anxious, scared or stressed. It is essential to practice this with pets with aggressive behaviour as they will be more likely to be violently reactive to triggers.
A skilled trainer can help if your dog is insecure, or feels like it is required to guard the family or home. A group obedience class, or a one-on-one session with a trainer who’s knowledgeable can aid your dog become more confident.
Urban K9, a highly rated NYC training program, offers behavior modification and obedience training to address leash reactivity and aggression towards other dogs or people, resource guarding and separation anxiety. Owner Stephen Baum has extensive credentials and experience in training, including e-collar training, and has worked with hard to place rescue dogs in Rescue Dogs Rock in NYC.