According to Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, Doggy Dan (the owner of the dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer), if you want to understand how to stop dog aggression, you must first realize that your dog 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 he thinks it’s the right thing to do. Dog aggression is nearly always done in order to protect you, their pack, or their own lives.
Types of Dog Aggression
There are many different types of aggression from dominant, to fearful, and everything in between. If you want to learn how to control aggressive dog behavior, it is important to determine whether the aggression is “all the time,” or just sometimes, and also to look at what your dog is aggressive towards – it could be people, animals, other dogs or objects. Dominant dogs will be more proactive, often attacking when they still have the option of running away. Fearful dogs will only attack if they have no place to run.
The most important concept to grasp is that your dog must look to you as the pack leader. (See article How to Be the Pack Leader). You need to convince him that you are the decision maker. Only then can he relax and not feel the need to take it upon himself to be the protector.
Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader, then upon reaching the point where he is usually aggressive you will find that he will actually start to take notice of how you are behaving! Once he sees YOU as the decision maker, he won’t just act – he’ll look to see how YOU are acting, then copy you. Remember, dogs are pack animals, and they follow the pack leader.
To Get Help
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