Although it is generally not a simple task handling a dog’s behavioral issues, it is particularly hectic to deal with an aggressive dog.
By Guest Blogger Alex Merashi
The aggression can range from hostile barking at your neighbors and friends to a heavily wrecked room. Even when it is an occasional growl, keeping an aggressive dog for a pet is still nerve-racking.
The fortunate thing with dogs is that they can be trained and cultured to act otherwise. Therefore, how do you handle the aggressive behavior in dogs while still maintaining your calm? The following are different techniques on how to get it done without being rude:
Any dog can become aggressive at any given point. In understanding this, the best way to begin handling your aggressive dog, whether or not the hostility came up all of a sudden, is to narrow down to the reason why your dog may be acting up. At this point, you are looking for any triggers that might resonate with your dog’s behavioral issues. Several reasons are to blame for the aggression your witness in your dog. Among them, the following:
– if your dog does not want to be around people or even be touched and petted, maybe they are in pain. Look for any distress signs, like limping.
– like with pain, illnesses make dogs very uncomfortable, taking away the pleasure to be around people and act friendly.
– more often than not, a dog will bark at a stranger that tries to approach an area they consider their territory. If your dog is very particular with their space, they may also be protective of their corners in the house, toys, bowl of food, among others.
– this is especially evident for dogs that have had traumatic experiences. You may find that a dog who survived a car accident has difficulty coping with car honks or even taking a drive.
Leash or restraint aggression
– some dogs love their freedom, and when it is curtailed, they get angry and resolve in attack.
Find a solution to the issues
Pain and illness
Firstly, identify which part of your dog’s body is in pain. If the pain is the reason for all the aggression, do your best to suppress the pain or relieve it. From there, if it is something you can handle, do it. For example, maybe the dog has a splinter on one of his limbs; the better if you can remove the splinter, however, for the ideal solution. Consult your vet for a thorough checkup to determine in actuality what the problem could be and what the best prescription to reduce the pain is.
Guarding the territory
It is like dogs to be protective. They become very possessive of their new home and their owners, especially where they have been shown love. In this case, you want to identify the items that are very precious to your dog, for example, their favorite shoe to chew on or a mere toy.
Ensure that no one takes away their favorite items, but better yet, train your dog how to share. If you have two dogs or two different pets, you have to invest in teaching them how to share. Sometimes, all you need to do is give your dog enough attention for them to feel secure with sharing their items.
Have you thought of dog therapy before? If fear is the reason for aggression, maybe it is about time you considered it. Instead of cursing at your dog and being rude, have a therapist guide your dog out of the fearful and traumatic phenomena. A certified balanced dog training can also assist with this issue.
Can you do without a dog leash or a crate? Then go ahead with it! Sometimes, giving your dog what they want is the only solution you need. Since a dog leash is functional, you may want to consider expert training to get your dog comfortable with walking on a leash.
No one enjoys the company of an aggressive dog — equally, no one pleasures amidst a rude person. While dogs can be very troublesome when aggressive, dog owners must find ways to handle them without rudeness.