5 Expert Tips on How to Deal With an Aggressive Dog

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Dog Behavior
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Dogs are dangerous animals, that is a fact, and they can hurt you if they decide to bite. Most of the time they are playful and happy, eager to be in the company of humans and other dogs, but sometimes a dog can develop aggression issues. That’s why I decided to provide you with these 5 expert tips on how to deal with an aggressive dog.

The first time people experience aggression from a dog, be it their own dog or one they meet while out and about, can be very scary. There is no mistaking the body language,( warnings), of a dog who is displaying aggression, some are subtle while others overt, such as, stiff body, hackles up, teeth bared, staring straight at you growling. It is very unnerving.

There are some things you can do to lessen the possibility that you will get bitten by a dog who for whatever reason,( and there are many triggers that can bring on aggression, such as pain, fear, pent-up frustration, invasion of their space, especially when eating.) Read each of the following tips very carefully and if you have questions, please contact me for more information.

Expert tip 1– The first emotion we feel when confronted by a dog showing aggression is fear, it’s a natural response to danger, however, the dog will pick up on your fearful state of mind and react accordingly.

You must get control of your fear, stand your ground, stand up straight and tall, shoulders back chin, up. Show the dog he is not going to run you off.

 Expert tip 2– Do not, look the dog directly in the eye, this will only challenge the dog and may cause the dog to attack. Look past the dog, or to the left or right, never make direct eye contact or stare back at the dog.

 Expert tip 3– If your dog is showing aggression towards another dog turn your dog’s head away from the dog so he can’t make direct eye contact, this will show your dog that the other dog poses no threat, and will help to calm your dog down.

 Expert tip 4– If your dog is displaying aggressive warning signs, like growling, do not punish him for it, this may back fire and make your dog more dangerous because your dog will stop warning, and simply go straight to the attack.

Expert tip 5– If you don’t know what to do, call a professional, because you can make things worse if you attempt to change your dogs aggressive behavior. You will want to act quickly, because if left un-checked, your dog may end up causing someone or their dogs sever physical damage, and you will have to face the legal consequences of this action.

To prevent aggression in our dogs, it is vital that we begin proper socialization training as soon as we get the dog or puppy. Consistent training and showing the dog what behavior is acceptable and which is not will go a long way to making sure you have a happy healthy and well-balanced dog.

I hope these 5 expert tips on how to deal with an aggressive dog has helped you gain a little more knowledge that you can use to protect yourself and your dog, if you have questions about this or any other topic I would love to hear from you. Just enter you information in the contact form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

P.S. You can also grab a copy of my training report on how to have a well-trained dog in 4 easy steps, send me a message and I will send you a copy.

Until next time, good luck with your training.


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