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June 21, 2022by aremukareem2
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Introduction

Let me take a look at how to stop aggression in dogs. First, I will explain each type of aggression, and then tell you the magic secret to fixing your dog’s aggression problem.

There are several different types of aggression. The most common types are dominant aggression, fear/defensive aggression, learned aggression, and territorial aggression.

Aggression is not limited to larger dogs or so-called “dangerous breeds”; any breed can become aggressive in the correct circumstances.

Aggression isn’t curable overnight, but there are actions you can take to reduce aggressive behaviour and help your dog stay calm.

Let’s get down to business

Types Of Aggression In Dogs

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Dominance aggression:

The dominant aggressive dog is generally a sane, sound dog… and will usually only bite if you, or someone else who threatens him, attempts to place him into what he perceives as a submissive position. He may also bite if
you do something to him which threatens his position as the pack leader…. something we behaviourists call the “ Alpha Dog”

Fear/Defensive aggression:

The fear aggressive (or defensive aggressive) dog is the type of character who bites because he is shy, insecure, or (like the name suggests) is fearful of the world and situations he cannot understand.

Learned Aggression:

The dog who displays symptoms of learned aggression is the smart, manipulative dog who has “ learned” that displaying certain behaviours will get him the results he is looking for…. which is usually to get everyone excited! In many cases, this dog will mimic the behaviour of other dogs, simply because “ they were doing it!”.

For example… younger dogs will often learn to bark at the approach of strangers during a Sunday walk if there is an older dog who displays aggression too, even if the older dog’s aggression is motivated by something else… such as fear, or territoriality. I hope you are getting me, keep reading.

Territorial aggression:

Territorial aggression is when your dog becomes extremely hostile, eats chain link fence, jumps up and down, yells, screams, and otherwise creates a ruckus when someone approaches what he perceives as his territory.

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Dogs keep aggression under the radar until it’s not under the radar anymore. If you know how to go looking for it while it’s being hidden, well, it cannot be hidden, really—it’s plain as day and screaming in your face that there’s a problem here. If you don’t know what to look for, then, well, then your dog “suddenly becomes aggressive.” Most owners don’t know what to look for, therefore, it suddenly becomes aggressive.

For Starters/New Dog Owners(on how to stop aggression in dogs)

how to stop aggression in dogs

Regardless of the TYPE of aggression your dog may be DISPLAYING, there are really only one of two possible reasons WHY he is acting this way:

 

Reason #1: (How to stop aggression in dogs)

Your dog does not see you as his pack leader. If he did, you’d tell him to sit down and be quiet… and he’d respect
your wishes, immediately! He would also respond to you, bond to you, and really WANT to please you in all other aspects of his life, too!

Reason #2:

You and your dog are speaking two different languages. What do I mean by this? Well, for example, many people try and pet their dog when their dog shows aggression. Owners often think that this “ petting” will reassure the dog and
give him confidence. In reality, the dog thinks that the owner is telling him, “ Good dog! Yes, that’s very good… be more aggressive,” thus inadvertently reinforcing the unwanted behaviour.

NOW HERE ARE THE THREE SECRETS I PROMISED BELOW

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Three Secrets You Must Know To Fix Dog Aggression

how to stop aggression in dogs

There are the personal secrets I learned from professional dog trainers like myself. Take note of these three solutions.

Timing #1:   

Timing is the ability of the dog to associate either a positive or negative outcome in response to his specific behaviour. In this case, the dog must understand that displaying aggression will be met with a negative outcome, and he must be able to ASSOCIATE this negative with his behaviour (the aggression).

Consistency #2:

Being consistent means that every time your dog exhibits a specific behaviour, he must get the same response.

As mentioned before, mother nature knows how this works very well.

She protects her rose bushes by putting thorns in them. Have you ever wondered why dogs don’t jump into rose bushes? Because every time they do, they get pricked by the thorns! So in other words, they receive a NEGATIVE association every time they exhibit this behaviour.

Motivation #3:

Most people know about timing and consistency. But motivation is what separates the Big Dogs from those who sit on the porch and watch.

Being motivational simply means that everything you do must have MEANING! In other words, if a cop were to give you a ticket (a correction) for speeding, but the ticket is only for $2… is it going to be motivational enough to get you to stop speeding? Of course not. In how to stop aggression in dogs motivation is needed.

But what if that ticket was for $2,000! I bet you’d stop speeding pretty darn quick! And that’s because the cop’s ticket had meaning, thus it was MOTIVATIONAL. Make sure everything you do with your dog is motivational, be it praise or corrections.

In regards to aggression, your dog must associate a good, motivational correction every time he displays his aggression…and then when he decides that showing aggression IS NOT in his best interest, give him lots of motivational praise to reward him!

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Conclusion

To be honest, if you’re having aggression problems with your dog (and hey, let’s face it… you probably wouldn’t be reading this article if you weren’t!)… then you need professional help. Join our online class let’s help you out.

Dog training, especially learning to train a dog with an aggression problem, is a lot like learning how to drive an
automobile. Education is important, however, you really can’t learn how to drive a car by reading a book.

You need to get behind the wheel, with dad in the passenger seat telling you when to put the gas on, and when to brake. After a while, you get the feel for it, and pretty soon you are able to take the car out on the road by yourself. So you see how to stop aggression in dogs isn’t a day job.

Dog training is the same way. I can tell you what to do, but unless you really see it, it’s difficult to transfer theory into application.

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2 comments

  • Matthew Solomon

    June 21, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    This really interesting and I really enjoyed this tips on dog training though will really appreciate if could take us on basic dogs training as a whole.

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    • aremukareem

      June 22, 2022 at 12:24 am

      Alright, Ensure to follow up on new articles on dog training. Thanks for your comment

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