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Dog aggression is the #1 reported problem by our dog owner clients. But we find very few dogs to be truly naturally aggressive. More often the dog who lunges at others while out on the walk is not aggressive but over-excited and insecure. And the dog who appears food aggressive may be venting over-excitement because he has not been taken to a calm submissive state before being fed or shown where to be during meals.
4. Distrust From Being Unsocialized and Overly Confined and Isolated
Dogs naturally know how to relate to other dogs. It is only when humans generate stress, uncertainty, insecurity around dogs or isolate them that aggression erupts. READ MORE
A big back yard is not heaven for a dog. He needs structured travel/a consistent daily walk to exercise mind and body.
With small dogs, keep 4-on-the-floor. Do not pick them up when passing people/other dogs. This teaches that others are not to be trusted.
.... from owners not reading their dog's temperament needs and natural energy leanings. The wrong people tend to own the breeds which our human race has developed as the gladiators. These people tend to either be thugs, or those who love their dogs too much in lieu of giving them the exercise and structure which serve to shape the dog's personality.
Get our help to uncover and address each of the usually 3-4 root causes of aggression. Always first rule out illness or injury.
... from not respecting or trusting humans as leaders and having to fill in the gaps on their own. READ MORE
3. Fear, Insecurity and Anxiety
... from gaps in leadership when faced with what is for insecure dogs extremely challenging experiences. This dog does not naturally fight unless he cannot run and hide. If this dog feels cornered and is not removed from danger, he may very well lash out aggressively. This dog requires a calm assertive leader who will sensitively build confidence. READ MORE
... from pent-up energy. This tends to result from humans loving their dog with affection only instead of sharing the exercise and structure (rules, boundaries, discipline) which provide positive mental and physical challenges for dogs. Start and end the day with a power walk, and make sure your dog has the chance to enjoy further exercise at least every 4 waking hours. READ MORE
While a dog who has bitten and attacked humans can be vastly improved with a make-over and rehabilitation, there are no guarantees that this harm will not ever again be directed towards humans as this has become part of the dog's temperament. The owner of this dog must commit to providing unusually structured leadership as compared to owning most dogs, and keeping this dog out of precarious situations at all times.
If old habits re-emerge, the owner must meet the dog's intensity with perfectly timed prevention versus intervention, and have the skills for blocking all aggressive behaviors. This owner must take responsibility for keeping this dog out of harm's way and from inflicting harm. Humans are the ones who have created this dog's unfortunate leanings either through breeding or lack of leadership. We owe it to this dog to keep him and all others around him safe and secure at all times.
... is not natural for dogs. It is more a behavior that dogs learn because humans inadvertently teach it.
Multiple dogs in the same house who fight require that the owner step in as pack leader. Dogs instinctively choose a leader who is strong, fair, and can best lead them. This leader prioritizes protection, concern and direction for the pack over self, thus earning the trust and respect of the pack. Owners of multiple dogs need to earn their dogs' trust and respect before their dogs will look to them for setting the rules, instead of setting them themselves.
To turn around extreme danger zone dogs, our work begins with teaching owners how to gain control of situations and dog behaviors. We focus on blocking and redirecting undesired behaviors, plus achieving early prevention instead of later primal intervention.
Do not attempt to rehab an aggressive dog on your own.
Any breed can cause problems. The difference between a chihuahua who bites and an aggressive pit bull is that larger breeds cause more damage. Aggression from powerful breeds tends to happen when humans who like the breed's look or size adopt them, but don't understand and fulfill the dog as an animal.
To control a powerful dog, prioritize being his pack leader and setting rules, boundaries and limitations (these mean love to a dog) over sharing our human forms of unstructured affection which represent weakness to a dog. This is what fulfills the dog's needs and creates balance.
Dog Aggression refers to risky behaviors where a dog intends to harm and injure a person or other dog. This dog may give a prior warning or strike out with deadly quiet. He will not back down on his own if whatever is triggering his fight/flight Defense Drive continues, but follow through.