Preventing aggression in dogs is much easier than correcting it later on. There are many different reasons why puppies display aggressive behavior, but all aggressive dogs should be handled with the help of a professional.
Aggression in dogs can occur when they trying to escape from a frightening situation. When puppies are not socialized properly they are more likely to be fearful. You can help a fearful puppy to become more confident by gradually introducing him to new people and situations and by rewarding any signs of confidence. You can work to avoid aggressive behavior by using preventative measures as soon as you bring your new puppy home. Your puppy can also show some signs of aggression, when eating or playing with toys.
Dogs show aggression by giving hard stares, growling and biting. Aggression is often the result of a dog feeling stressed or fearful. If your puppy shows any signs of real aggression, you have a serious problem that requires the help of a professional trainer.
The best way to help your dog be relaxed with all kinds of situations is to be sure he is well socialized when he is a puppy and throughout his life. When socializing your dog, make sure he has many good experiences with different people and different places.
A dog may develop aggression issues when he is unsure of your role as his “pack leader” and feels insecure. There are many ways you can establish your leadership position. Begin working on training commands, such as Sit, as soon as you bring your puppy home. Learning to obey your commands will help the puppy see you as his leader. Feed your dog at specified times throughout the day and then take the food bowl away between meals. Your dog needs to know that his food comes from you.
Do not leave the puppy’s toys out all the time. Instead, provide a few toys at a time and practice taking them away from him with the “Give and Take” game. Your puppy needs to know that the toys he enjoys come from you and he should learn to give them up easily. Have your puppy do some work for the things he likes. For example, before you pet him, have him practice a training command first, such as “Come”. Then pet him as praise.
Being aggressive with other dogs
You shouldn’t worry when your dog wrestles with other dogs. This behavior is not truly aggressive, just playful. Although most dogs are not naturally aggressive, you can ensure that your dog gets along with other dogs by socializing him with other dogs from a young age. Provide safe opportunities for him to meet other dogs, such as puppy classes. If a situation does arise where your puppy encounters an aggressive dog, you should stay calm, use the ” Let’s Go” command and leave.
In many cases, aggression in dogs can be caused by totally different problem, such as a painful health problem. If your normally happy dog displays signs of aggression, such as growling or snapping, when you touch him, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian.