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 almost always used to protect you, their pack, or their own lives.
Why Your Dog Thinks Aggression is Necessary
Doggy Dan has a video on his website where he explains exactly what happens in your dog’s brain when they decide they need to be aggressive. It immediately makes you realize what the problem is and why your attempts to solve it have failed. You can watch his video free and get information about his dog aggression training techniques here:
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. 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.
How to Stop Dog Aggression
One of the best examples of a professional dog trainer putting this into practice can be found at The Online Dog Trainer. This website has live videos showing dog training being demonstrated step-by-step.
Here’s a link directly to Doggy Dan’s dog aggression training. Click this and you’ll get to watch a video where Doggy Dan explains exactly what happens to a dog when they begin to show aggression and why you can’t stop it once it starts. Like me, you’ll likely be shocked when you hear this.
Doggy Dan has developed an easy-to-follow, step-by-step training program called, The Dog Calming Code which is particularly effective to stop dog aggression. The program consists of 5 exercises to incorporate into your dog’s daily routine to show you dog that you are the pack leader.
This training program is super helpful because it helps you to communicate with your dog in a way the dog can actually understand. It calms them, makes them feel safe, and most importantly, it relieves them of thinking they have to be the pack leader.
Stepping up as pack leader is one of the most kind, loving things you’ll ever do for your dog. Most dogs want to follow, not lead. So relieving them of the stress of thinking they have to be in charge is the best thing you can do! If you’re dealing with an aggressive dog, I highly recommend this program.
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