Dogs are like humans; they all have their own unique personalities and character traits. Unfortunately, this means that some dogs are naturally more aggressive than others.
The last thing you want is for your own pet to be aggressive as it could be a safety risk for your family and your wider community, and end up with you going up against the excellent dog bite attorney Laborde Earles. So, it is really important, if your dog is showing signs of aggression, that you start working on the problem immediately.
With that in mind, here are some top tips to help train the aggression out of your pet:
Be the boss
Your dog is far less likely to be aggressive if he knows you are the boss and the way to make sure he understands this in this case by training him to follow all of your commands. Most people find that click training and rewarding their pet with a click and a treat when they do what they are told, is the best way to do this, but feel free to visit your local dog training facility for more information.
Break off hard stares
If your dog is staring hard at another pet or person, then you should immediately try to break his attention as this is a sign of wariness and aggression. The best way to do this is to call his name and offer him a treat when he breaks the stare to look at you. Do this every time he hard stares until he realizes that not staring is the best way to get a nice treat.
If you want to stop your dog being aggressive, then you need to act before his aggression gets out of hand in the first place. For example, if you see a dog approaching and he starts to p[ull on his leash, tighten the leash, call him to you, and practice getting him to focus on you, and your treats instead of the fog, don’t wait until the other dog is right up close to you because, by then, it might be too late.
If your dog is starting to behave aggressively, perhaps by staring or growling at another dog, then interrupting him can work well. It will make him lose his train of thought and any aggressive feelings might be forgotten. Do this by offering treats (once he has turned to you and calmed down) by squeaking dog toys so the noise catches him off-guard or by simply turning and heading off in a completely different direction.
Introduce him to neutrals
Slowly introducing him to well-behaved dogs and humans is a great way to build up his confidence and stop him being scared, and since a lot of aggression is due to fear, this can work very well.
You cannot simply allow your dog to be aggressive. It is not safe for him, you, or anyone else he comes into contact with, so start working on the problem right away, and seek professional help if you can’t improve his behavior on your own.