Dogs naturally attack each other as they are naturally fearful of other dogs. But not every dog really fears other pets. Some dogs just get extremely mad when they feel a potential threat. If your dog continuously attacks other animals or just doesn’t like other pets, then the good news is that aggressive dog training methods can assist you with this problem. Aggressive dogs will often have problems at an early age; therefore, you should consider any treatment methods that are proposed to be helpful for you and your pet. Remember that children have to learn how to live with dogs on a daily basis, so it is important to give your kid-appropriate dog-training techniques from a very young age.
Aggressive Dog Training
A common problem is the Dunbar – named after American illustrator William Dunbar. The Dunbar is a highly aggressive, barking, lunging dog that lunges forward in defence. Its long and powerful chest and heavy coat make it a terror for any potential attackers. The American Kennel Club classifies the Dunbar as C Class, meaning it is the most aggressive dog in its category.
Some owners recommend the use of a choke chain or prong collar to train aggressive dogs, but some experts argue that this method is cruel and potentially dangerous. Choke chains are known to cause painful and often fatal neck injuries. This is the reason why some dogs don’t like to wear the choker. You can make use of the leash by attaching a tug-of-war handle, which is connected to a loop on the leash, to your collar.
The other alternative you can use is a doggie spray. The spray comes in handy whenever you are out in public with your dogs – particularly with the doggies. The dogs usually love to spray because of its refreshing and cooling qualities. It calms them down when they get excited or feel threatened.
Aggressive dogs can be taught to “growl”. The doggies, in particular, can really maul smaller people. To teach your dog how to “growl”, attach a choke chain to your collar. The dogs should start gaining unwanted attention from people as early as possible – especially those wearing flashy dresses or carrying purses or cell phones. As soon as they start growling, raise your voice very loudly, and give your dog’s enough time to back away.
Treat Them Well
Aggressive dogs usually respond well to treats. When giving your dog treats, select ones that come from a larger part of the world; you can use blueberries, grapes, chocolate, and peanut butter treats. Try to keep their mouths closed during the whole process to avoid choking. You can also buy small packets of treats at the store, which are easier for the dogs to swallow.
Dogs respond best to positive reinforcement rather than punishment. Never punish or yell at a dog if it is not trying to hurt you. Your dog may simply not know how to interpret your commands and think you are doing something else. This may lead to aggression. Always use positive reinforcement in order to train a dog not to be aggressive toward other people.
Aggressive dogs can be trained using classical conditioning, clicker training, and physical abuse. Classical conditioning involves a reward system where you click your dog with a treat whenever it performs the correct response. Clicker training involves a small plastic clicker that you attach to your dog’s collar. Physical abuse includes hitting your dogs with a physical object, such as a belt buckle or coat hanger, but it is no longer used today.
Classical conditioning is a very popular form of training aggressive dogs. It involves giving your dogs a treat every time they obey your command or follow another dog’s lead. This is called classical conditioning. You should always begin by using a short term recall strategy then slowly increase the length of your dog’s leash. If you begin in a short distance, then you will gradually grow closer to your dog that may cause him to be aggressive.
Aggressive dogs can be taught to refrain from growling and barking when around other people and pets. In fact, many classes incorporate this into the program. Many times, the trainer will start the class with simply the dogs own growling and barking to get him ready to participate in the next class. The trainer then works on increasing the distance between them until they are side by side. After that, he or she moves on to the other dog’s side and works on turning their aggressions into more positive responses.
Aggressive dogs can be taught to respond to commands with either praise or treats. For instance, you can say, “Good boy” or “Good dog” as you reward your dog with a treat whenever he performs an obedience command correctly. Dogs respond much better to praise than to treats, and so you will want to use this method throughout the day with your dogs until they understand the connection between praise and treats. As with any training technique, it is important to always use positive reinforcement. Never use harsh training techniques because they will only serve to reinforce your dog’s aggression.