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How To Stop Dog Aggression

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Dog aggression is the most serious behavioural problem that dog owners must deal with. It is largely preventable if you understand the factors that influence the development of aggressive behaviour in your dog. Here at Online Dog World, we’ll give you the answers.

How Does Your Dog Aggression Start?

If you want to understand how dog aggression starts and how to stop it you need to answer two rhetorical questions:

  1. Is it you who starts the aggression and your dog just simply joins in?
  2. Does your dog listen to you just before it behaves aggressively when you try show it another way to behave?

The answer will of course be the following:

  • At the point your dog starts to become aggressive he is taking no notice at all of you.
  • He is making his own decisions and will not listen to you if you try to show him a different way to behave. What he is doing is simply too important to him and is the right thing to do. Dog aggression nearly always happens in order to protect the pack and their own lives.

What Are The Different Types Of Dog Aggression?

There is of course a whole range of different types of dog aggression:

  • being defensive or as a result of fear
  • through pain or as a result of punishment
  • being dominant over others
  • possessivness
  • being territorial
  • intra-sexual (male-to-male or female-to-female)
  • being predatory
  • being parental

Your dog could display more than one of the above types of aggression.

Then there is aggression that occurs the whole time and other aggression, which is very erratic, and random depending on a number of differing factors. We could also look at what your dog is aggressive towards; it could be people, animals, other dogs or objects.

How Do I Stop Dog Aggression?

Your dog will display aggressive behaviour if he thinks that he is the pack leader. If he becomes fearful he can attack to protect you and himself.

The primary goal is to never to allow your dog to achieve a dominant status over any adult or child. If your dog always know his social ranking and is never allowed to challenge people, then he will usually be a good family member.

If your dog is dominant, he will be more proactive, often attacking when he still has the option of running away. If your dog is fearful, he will only attack if he has no place to run.

The most important concept to grasp, if you want to understand how to stop dog aggression, is that your dog must first look to you as the pack leader in the home. Your own home is the easiest place to convince him you are the decision maker. Only then can you convince him that you are the pack leader on the walk.

Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader when outside then upon reaching the point where he usually is aggressive you will find that he will actually start to take notice of how you are behaving.  If you aren’t then your dog will probably continue to ignore what you are doing at this point forever.

Final Words

Just remember, your dog is a pack animals and he will follow the pack leader.

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