Posts Tagged ‘aggression’

10698556_709404422448305_6222598759717460874_nAfter all these years of working with people and their dogs..the one thing that still gets me every time ..and quite frankly the one reason I continue to do what I do.. is the feeling of joy I get when the dogs owner has that “light bulb” moment..

That moment when they realize what they were doing was the cause of their dogs behavior.

Today I want to speak to the dog owners who are having trouble with their dogs showing aggression to other dogs or people.. often these dogs will not want to leave your side or will hide between your legs..

get between you and other dogs or people who you interact with..

bark, lunge, and even attack and bite..

these dogs are insecure ..

they don’t believe that their owners can keep them safe so they feel they have to protect their owner who is not demonstrating calm leadership.

You can begin to turn this around by simply claiming your space.. when you are at home and your dog just walks up to you..stay calm..don’t say anything,..don’t pet them or talk to them..send them away.. move into their space and have them back up at least a couple of feet then walk away.. when they are sitting or lying calmly..then call them to you,.. have them sit and then pat them or love on them for just a few seconds..then send them away again to lie or sit outside your personal space..

This will begin to show your dog that you are a true leader worthy of their attention and they will begin to feel protected by you.. never reward excited or insecure states of mind this will only erode your dogs confidence and they will feel like they have to take control of the situation.

Only reward your dog when they are in a calm state of mind.

When you are out walking your dog and someone with a dog approaches you .. slow down…get your self calm and in charge and just move past the dogs with the authority of a leader.. if you make nothing of it neither will your dog.. if you get fearful or anxious so will your dog and he or she will feel like they need to protect you and themselves.. if your dog starts to react.. give them a command to sit.. and then follow through until they are sitting and calm .. then move forward again..

I hope this has given you somethings to consider..practice at home and remember to always guide your dog with strong leadership and a calm emotional state of mind.

If you have questions or need my help, just leave a comment, I am always happy to help.

All the best,


Top 3 Reasons Why Little Dogs Get A Bad Reputation

crazy pomerainianI was standing in line at the cashier at one of the local malls where I live and I happened to be standing behind a lady holding a tea-cup chihuahua.

The cashier noticed the little guy and before the owner could say anything she reached out and attempted to pet the dog. Well you would have thought that lady had a crocodile in her arms. The dog took to yipping and squirming, growling and snapping.

The way it was behaving brought to mind a picture like this

crazy dog reuse

Well the lady behind the counter just sheepishly said, ” Little dogs never did like me anyway”

The dogs owner quickly apologized for Muffins’ behavior, paid for her things and left the mall. I could tell she was very upset and embarrassed by her little dogs psychotic behavior, as she was real close to crying.

It’s unfortunate but true that aggression in little dogs is not really taken very seriously, until something really bad happens, but by then..well as the old saying goes,

“No good closing the barn door after the horse gets out.”


Top 3 Reasons Little Dogs Get A Bad Reputation 
1- Nobody reports it when a little dog bites them.

It might be because of embarrassment especially with men. I can only imagine calling animal control and tell them that a chihuahua bit me and was mean to me. When people don’t take aggression in small dogs seriously and wait until it’s too late and the dog bites someones little kid, and the family sues, then the dog gets put down.

2- Little Dogs Get Away With Going “BOOM BOOM” In The House

As an owner of two large German Shepherds and one, 115 lb Rottweiler cross, I can say unequivocally that it would only take one time of them dumping a load, ( and I mean LOAD!), on the floor to convince me that my dogs need crate training. Little dogs get away with this for years..yes I said years, because, well,.. little dog,.. little mess,.. enough said.

3- Little Dogs That Believe They Are Big Dogs

Dogs have no grasp of the obvious.

That fact becomes frighteningly apparent with a lot of small dogs I have encountered.

Why else would a 10 pound Shih Tzu run up on a 150 lb Rottweiler and challenge him while he’s eating.

It scares the shit out of me when I see little dogs do this.

If they only knew.

Little Dogs Need Balance Too.

As with all things there are two sides to the same coin.

I have seen many dog owners happily walking their little dogs in the park, playing tug of war, and fetch the stick. I am happy that they understand that physical and mental exercise is every bit as important for little dogs as it is for large ones, and just because their dog can’t really pull on the leash hard enough to be an issue, they still take the responsibility to train their lovable little pooch to walk properly on lead.

One last word on this topic.

I have always been one to mind my own business and I never give advice unless I am asked for it., but every time I see someone carrying a little dog in their arms, I have to fight the urge to say to them, ” For the love of God, put that dog on the ground and let it use its legs.

Carrying a dog in your arms is a great way to ensure your dog will develop behavioral issues. And even the small ones can be a big pain in the you know what.

Now if you have a little dog or a big one for that matter and they are using your house as their personal bathrooms, you will want to teach them to love the crate, not only is the crate a great way to manage unwanted behavior it provides your dog with something they crave., and that is a place to call their own where they can rest and feel safe.

Maybe you already have a crate but your dog hates being in there so you don’t use it.

Teaching your dog to love the crate will take a bit of time and if you need help then I recommend you get my report on how to properly crate train your dog.

I have trained many dogs to love going in the crate and spending time.

You can read more about the benefits of properly teaching your dog to go in the crate by going here NEXT.

Ultimate Guide To Crate Training Your Puppy or Dog

Need more tips on how to improve your little dogs behavior then go here NEXT!

5 Tips to Improve Your Dogs Behavior Starting TODAY! 

Talk soon,





food aggression









I want to tell you a story about a friend of mine who thought she
had raised the perfect puppy.

Until that day she was forced to call
me to come and help her because as she put it, “My dog has gone off
the edge!”

I listened intently while she remembered the first day she brought
that fuzzy little puppy dog home, the whole family was so happy.

Julie did everything right, obedience training, socialization
training, and the best care that money could by.

Or so she thought.

She was just beginning to think that she had done it, because her
puppy was now 10 months old, and completely house broken and had
never chewed anything that he shouldn’t, went to his crate when she
asked, and got along with the kids and the cat, even played well
with the old dog in the next yard.

And then “it” happened..

Julie was just walking by her beloved dog as he was eating when she
heard it for the first time..


Julie looked down and could not belive what she saw..her dog was
frozen stiff, with his face in his food, lips curled up, showing
teeth, and giving her the stink eye.

I told her to relax that I could fix this up right away, and that I
was glad she didn’t wait to call me as this behavior is much more
difficult to modify if time has passed and it becomes a way of

So I explained that her dog was showing the first signs of resource
guarding, and that is can present in many forms, over toys, places
to rest, people, a hamburger wrapper that has fallen to the floor.

Basically anything that a dog thinks is important to them, and in
Julies case it was over food.

Once a dog has something he believes it is his, and will take
measures to keep it.

That’s why I always tell people to never, and I mean never let a
child under twelve, feed your dog.

As with Julie’s case, even the best trained and socialized dogs can
literally snap in second and strike.

Remember “Kids + Dog + Food = Bad Business”

Now to get back to how I was able to help Julie with her resource
guarding pup.

How to train your dog to not growl around the food dish.

I told her I was very happy that she called me because there are
still trainers out there today that would tell her the dog is being
dominant and needs to be shown who’s the boss, maybe get the belt

Those people are wrong, and are only making matters worse.

Dogs are not trying to take over your house, dominance is a dog
thing, between two dogs and it is more an act of confidence than
anything else.

I asked Julie what she did when her dog growled at her and she said
I did nothing I just walked to the kitchen sat down and made my
self a coffee, thought about what had just happened and why, then I
called you.

I told her that was exactly what she should have done.

You see if you confront your dog in that moment of him growling to
protect his food, you will only convince him that growling was not
enough to get you to back off, and he may very well go to the next
level and bite you.

The old saying is true “violence only brings more violence”

This is what I told Julie to do the next time she fed her dog.

Feed him at the regular time, but this time instead of one bowl
have two and fix his food and have him sit and wait.

Then put down the empty bowl and watch what happens.

He will cock his head, and look at the bowl, and then look at you,
maybe push the dish with his nose or paw, and will be very confused
about what is the deal, where is my food.

I told her to ask him to sit again and this time take a few pieces
of food and toss them into his bowl from a distance of about three
feet, and be careful not to get your fingers close to the bowl in
case he lunges in.

Feed him his entire meal this way,,and teach him that in order for
him to eat you must be present around his bowl.

Over the next few days, slowly inch closer to his bowl until you
are standing right next to it.

Then you can begin to put about half of his food in the bowl before
you put it down, and then periodically drop a few of the remaining
pieces in the bowl.

Around day 5 you can give him the entire meal in one go and then
every once in a while throw in a piece of sausage, chicken, or

This will teach the dog that he has nothing to worry about when you
are around his food dish, he will understand that you are not going
to steal his food, in fact he will begin to like having you there
because he gets extra tasty treats along with his kibble.

Depending on the severity of the food guarding this process will
take the better part of a week, but in some cases could take

Julie said she had no idea why this was happening all of a sudden
and asked me what I though started this all.

I hesitated to ask but she wanted my opinion,

and I knew she had a boy friend that was there quite often,

so I asked her if he had ever tried to take the food dish away from
the pup just to prove that he could.

She gasped and said how did you know.

I told her that this is the most common reason a dog will become
aggressive around the food dish, a lot of well-meaning people think
it is necessary to muck around with the dogs food to prove they are
the Alpha.

I told her to explain to her friend that doing this will only make
the dog worried about his food, and to tell him to stop doing it.

There you have it, if you have a dog that is growling around the
food dish, be sure to not confront your dog as this will only make
things worse.

Try what I told Julie to do, it worked for her and it can work for
you too.

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All the best,











I have talked about how getting your dog to focus on you is critical to having a well-mannered dog that pays attention to you and obeys your commands. Today I will talk about the #2 reason your dog is being “bad” or “disobedient.”

The reason is too much adrenalin, or “Willy-wag juice”.

We have all heard the stories about the 110 lb Mother who lifted a 2 ton car off their child, and other stories of incredible feats of strength or endurance. This is all possible because of one thing, and that thing is a sudden burst of adrenalin.

All animals have this primal urge to survive, and when faced with danger, all animals including us
humans have that survival response that tells us to fight or run away.

The moment that the decision is made to either fight or run,the brain gives the body a short burst of
adrenalin. It is during this short burst of drug induced, increased strength,stamina and
focus, that these amazing feats we read about take place.

The burst is short-lived and then the body is usually spent of energy and slowly returns to normal.

But that being said just like some of us humans are adrenalin junkies who live for the rush of
impending danger, most dogs I see are adrenalin junkies too.

I hear dog owners say their dog is being “disobedient” when he pulls on the lead, or is “bad” because he barks non-stop, but the reality is, these dogs are simply living life in the willy-wags.

Unfortunately a lot of dogs live a very sedentary life, they just lay around the house with not much if any mental or physical release.

This is a very stressful way for a dog to live.

What happens is, one day the stress gets to be too much and the dog starts to whine, or turn circles,
or bark with intense focus. These behaviors will be easy to recognize because they are different from
your dogs normal behavior.

The will have a distinct pattern to them, like the beat of a drum.

The barking would be like, woof,,,woof,,,woof,,,woof,,,all while staring at nothing, and if you give them a command it will most likely go unrewarded.

They will be that focused on what ever is stressing them out.

The adrenalin kicks in and the dog gets a high off the dopamine, runs off into the willy-wags and
quickly learns to create 90 degrees turns in their lives so they can get their fix and feel better.

Once your dog has gone into the willy-wags, it’s too late for you to give any commands, your dog is
just not going to hear you. The part of their brain that helps them think and make good choices, simply shuts off.

He is now just reacting to the situation he’s in.

You will not be able to engage your dog until you get him back under control, and for most dog owners this can be difficult at best, and down right impossible, not to mention dangerous in some cases of aggression, because the dog has gone, he’s not aware of you right now.

When dogs are this crisis mode, extreme physical correction is needed to try to prevent harm to any
people or dogs that are nearby, and this is when it becomes very dangerous for the dog’s handler.

What you need to do is make sure your dog never goes off into the willy-wags, and keep him there. It’s that simple.

Think about it like this:

If you were driving down the highway and saw a sign that said,


Would you slow down as soon as you saw the sign or would you wait until your car was skidding in
circles before you did anything?

You would most likely slow down as soon as you saw the sign, and maneuver your car safely around the turn and not skid off into the willy-wags.

It’s the same with your dog, let’s say he’s dog aggressive.

You are out walking him and suddenly he sees another dog.

From past experience you know he is going to react,

so what do you do?

Do you let your dog pull you straight toward that other dog at 100 miles and hour and end up in the
willy-wags? Or do you read the signs of aggression, ie the sudden focused staring and whining/barking at the dog that triggered his stress, and interrupt your dog and slow him down?

The answer is obvious, you read the signs of the impending adrenalin rush, and put the brakes on your dog to slow him down, get his focus back on you by moving the dog away from the trigger and working some obedience training, or engage your dogs prey drive in a high spirited game of tug of war.

Then safely maneuver him past the other dog, thus avoiding the #2 reason your dog  won’t obey your commands.

Here is something important to understand, I think I’ll bold this.

You only have about 2-4 seconds from the time your dog focuses on a target until he goes into adrenalin overload. Don’t hesitate take action before your dog reacts.

It’s imperative that you learn how to interrupt the adrenalin rush before it happens, if you don’t, you’re going to have behavior troubles and it’s not going to be good for you or your dog.

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two pups fighting







Sometimes new dog owners think they should get two puppies so they will grow up with another dog for
company. I don’t think this is a very good idea, and if you are an inexperienced dog owner/trainer it will
be hard enough for you to work with one puppy let alone two. Just think about the middle of the night
pee breaks.

You will be grouchy enough with one pup,so how will you feel when you take the first one
out at 1:45, get back to bed and start to drift when, the other one has to go. This will go on until
the pups can hold their water for at least 7 hours. They will in most cases be between 10-12 months old
when this happens,but it really depends on your dog.This is the first reason why more than one dog is
bad news for new dog owners.

The second reason I base on emails I get from people who do have more than one dog in the home. The 
problems they are experiencing  could be as a result of having more than one foster or rescued dog, or
they got a new pup to give their old dog a friend. Regardless of the situation the problems all have
one thread of behavior in common.They all say that the dogs seemed fine for a while and then all of a
sudden, something bad happened.

Either one pup attacked the other and he needed 50 stitches to close the wound on his rump, or the younger pup has been terrorizing the old dog and now the old boy won’t come out from under the bed, and he refuses to eat. Grand Father dogs can get down in the dumps real easy if a puppy is tormenting them. Sometimes if the old boy has still got the drive to fight, the pup might not make it out alive. These problems occurred because new dog owners who have very little experience with dogs,make the mistake of thinking dogs can work things out for themselves, well I know from 45 years of experience, they won’t just sit down have a bone and talk about it, they are going to dust it up, that’s the dog way.

If left untrained there will be jostling between two dogs for highest rank in the family pack.This
genetically driven instinct has a powerful effect on how your dog will behave, and this is where new
dog owners make a huge mistake. In the case of getting two puppies, not separating these dogs in
different crates the moment they came into the house. In the case of one pup and one older adult dog the pup needs to be crated.

With the right training, these dogs can eventually be together as long as they are being supervised by the owner.Don’t be falsely lured into thinking, “Oh, I am only going to the store, I’ll be 5 minutes, they’ll be fine.” You might come back to a house that is torn to hell and find one dead dog, and one severely injured dog. You might want to read my article on how to break up a dog fight and not get bitten.

If you already have more than one dog in the house I suggest you get each one a crate and separate them and then begin to establish leadership with all your dogs. When dogs are in the presence of their leader, there will be no fighting, or foolishness of any kind.You might want to read this article I wrote on the subject.

How To Teach A  Grown Dog That You Are Leader

The third reason I think more than two dogs is bad news for new dog owners is because it’s hard enough with our busy lives to spend enough time socializing and training one dog but with two dogs your time will be too thinly spread, and both dogs will suffer because you will only be spending half the time with each dog that you should.

The result of this will be that your pups will grow up bonded and will want to spend more time together than with you. This might sound cute, puppies bonding and playing together, but you have to know that this pups will mature between 18- 24 months, this means that their drive for rank in the pack is going to sky-rocket, and these to bonded buddies are going to draw blood as they fight for rank in the pack.

That’s it for now


dog park




I get emails every week from people who are trying to figure out how to raise their puppies and dogs to be good canine citizens, but are concerned with some particular behavior that is causing them problems.

I want to share with you one of these emails that I got from a lady who takes her 10 month old Belgian Malinois to the dog park on a regular basis.

The email reads like this:

“Hi,my name is Mary and I have a problem.” “I have this 10 month old Belgian Malinois and I take him to the dog park to play and socialize as often as I can, usually 4-5 times a week.” “Lately he has been showing a nasty bit of behavior towards other dogs at the park.” “He will put his head on them and push them down, if they lay down, he stands over them like a statue growling even louder.”

“I am worried that he is going to attack one of these dogs.” “I try to correct him but he pays no attention to me,..I am worried about him and I don’t want to do something that will scar him for life..please help.”

P.S. “I was wondering if going to a different park would help?”

This was my reply:

“Hi Mary thanks for the great questions.” “What I am about to tell you is straight up dead serious.”

“I don’t fool around when it comes to problems like yours.”

“I’m probably being politically incorrect, but I really don’t give a damn.” “Dog aggression is dangerous, serious, business, and I don’t take it lightly.”

“Neither should you.”

“People get bitten every day by their own dogs, because they tried to break  up a fight at the dog park.”

“I need you to listen to me when I tell you this.”

“You can NEVER take your Malinois to ANY dog park as long as he is showing aggression.” “To ignore this advice is dangerous not only to you and other people, but to any dog that is around your dog.”

You need to learn how drive plays a big part in your dog’s personality.

When an educated dog that is in control of his drive, they will not be aggressive.

I suggest you visit my website and read the article I wrote on how to establish leadership with your puppy.

Thanks for writing, I hope I have been of some help. I completely understand your frustration.

Aggressive and dominant dogs are a pain in the keester

All the best


This email got me thinking about dog parks so I decided to tell you why I think taking your puppy or dog to a dog park to run wild with 15 or so strange dogs off leash is a very risky idea.

Dog parks were born out of necessity. People who live in town and city apartments needed somewhere to take their dogs to exercise and play.

While the concept was no doubt conceived in good intention, all I see when I visit one of these parks is a lot of dogs off leash with no human leadership to speak of, and just about every one of them is out of control.

A high number of these dog owners don’t know about how powerful the instincts are in their family pet, and how these drives effect a dogs behavior.

When a dog is introduced into the dog park his drive and instinct is running on max power.

If you stand back and observe dogs interacting in the park you will see that the dogs are grouping together in packs. If there are more than 3 dogs in a group then this is a pack. Within that grouping the dogs will vie for rank, the dog with the best leadership skills will set the rules for play.

I see this play out often when the same dogs go to the same park all the time. They will see this area as their territory and if an outside dog comes into the park, he is not going to be welcomed like a long-lost buddy, and this is where the problems start.

The dogs who are familiar to the park will become territorial,dominant,and some will be fearful.All of these behaviors can result in aggression which can very quickly, in the blink of your eye quick, turn into a full on dog fight.

Where a lot of people make a mistake is by thinking that because those dogs are playing with other dogs they will play with yours.

This is dangerous thinking.

Those dogs who are playing have already established the pecking order, and the game is being played by their rules. If your dog has a different idea about how to play the game, he may well be attacked by the leader of that grouping of dogs, and the other dogs in that group might very well attack your dog as well.

Mixing puppies and adult dogs together in this kind of situation is just plain wrong. Some older dogs don’t really tolerate a puppy’s behavior and have no qualms about putting that puppy in his rank. When a older dog corrects a puppy for any certain behavior, the punishment can range from a tooth bump, which might draw a little blood and certainly make the puppy yelp, and run for the hills, to a full on aggressive attack that can result in sever injury to the pup or even death.

If your pup is approached by one of these dominant aggressive older dogs you have got to get your pup behind you and protect him at all cost. If you fail at this and your pup gets attacked you will most likely raise a dog aggressive dog.

And just because you got a Rottweiler or a German Shepard, that really don’t  make any difference, a puppy, regardless of breed, is not ready to defend it’s self against any dog that is not in his age group.

To let your puppy work things out for himself with an older dog is the same as putting your 7 year old pee-wee hockey player into a game with kids 10-13  years old, in most cases the 7 year old is not ready, physically,mentally or in any other way to play with those boys, and is at some point end up hurt.

I take my dogs and puppies to the dog park, but I stay outside the fence and work on having fun and keeping my dog focused on me, not the dogs or people in the park.

The only good thing about a dog park at least for me and my dogs and pups, is that it can serve as a great distraction learning environment, as long as I keep outside the fence.


alpha roll





You’ve read many dog training books and a lot of them tell you that in order for you to control
your dogs behavior you must be physically forceful with them…. WRONG!

Science has proven that using force is definitely not the right way to treat your best friend.

The Best Way To Discipline Your Dog

You want to discipline your dog but you are really confused about what to do. You know you have to
do something to let your dog know that what he is doing is wrong..but what?

I like to teach my dogs how to think for themselves, by providing consistent positive guidance and
letting my dogs have choices and the freedom to express their emotion….to put it simply.. show
them the way to good behavior.

Never and I mean NEVER..kick,hit,yell,poke or roll your dog on it’s back or side and hold them
down until they stop moving…just so you can feel like you have shown them that you are the boss.

This will only ruin your dogs trust in you and in most cases make the problem even worse, using
force will only make your dog shut down, and maybe even become dangerous because some dogs will
react in a negative way to being punished in this fashion.. in other words..violence begets

I discipline my dog’s using the “behavioral interuptus” method..I coined that phrase just now..I
use my voice to re-direct my dogs onto the appropriate behavior. I also use time outs where I
remove the dog for a short period of time to allow them to regain composure and them re-introduce
them to the task at hand..and sometimes I just ignore the behavior.

This is the only kind of discipline you will ever need to lovingly guide your dog onto good behavior.

The size or age of your dog does not matter, or if you are training for basic obedience or rehabilitating
red-zone dogs who have a history of aggression.

One of the biggest mis-conceptions about dogs is that they are out to take over your house.

That everything they do is a direct challenge to your dominance..and because they are
behaving badly they are trying to be the alpha, the boss, the big cheese..Nonsense.

Your dog doesn’t get up everyday and plot with the family cat…ways to take over the are just trying to figure out how to cope and live in a domesticated world that we
brought them into..and it’s our job to teach them how to cope.

One form of discipline that you might have heard about that is really very destructive.. but people
think it works because that’s what they were’s called the alpha roll over, or flooding.

This is an outdated theory that tells you to toss your dog on it’s back or side and hold it there
until it becomes submissive or stops moving..actually your dog is not calming down, even though it
may look like it.. in fact your dog is shutting down.

This is a instinctual survival behavior that dogs will do in order to get the threat to go away..

If you could see the dogs stress levels you would discover that they are through the roof..and in this moment your dog is not learning anything.. it is just hoping you will go away.

What you have effectively done is to show the dog that you are a bully, that you are the violent one,
and if your dog was already insecure..the stress you put on the dog will surely make matters much

Use discipline your dogs to help them make the best choices..instead of making them
afraid of you.


i can make it to the fence faster





You train your dog often. Bloody often.

You feed him the best foods. You take him to the dog park. You rack your brain to come up with new
and exciting things for your dog to do.

But that’s not all you do.

You take good care of his health. You take him to the groomers for the latest doggie hair do’s. You

hug him everyday.

Yet you can’t help feeling something is wrong.

Yesterday you told your dog to get off the couch and he growled at you.

It was so scary, and now you’re worried about your kids.

You want to know what this means. Should you give your dog away. Is there anything you can do
about this?

The short answer is Yup.

You can learn about the signs your dog is giving you. Learning these signs and what they mean can
prevent you from getting bitten by your own dog.

These 5 signs are predictors that your dog don’t like what you are doing and if you don’t pay them
heed, the consequences can be tragic.

1. Growling or snapping.

You need to give your dog space when this happens. What was he doing when he growled. Was he eating,sleeping, or on the couch. You need to learn what causes him to growl or snap and if you don’t know what to do to change this behavior, get professional help.

2. Hackles up.

Your dogs fur is raised up all along his back. This is a sign you should pay attention to and back off.

3. Wagging tail.

You might be surprised by this one. When a dog is happy his tail wags his whole body. A dog that is about to bite will be rigid. His tail is high up and wagging quickly.

4. Yawning,lip licking, won’t look at you.

You should know that this is a sign your dog is not comfortable. He may not bite, but this is a warning. Find out what is he worried about and alleviate his discomfort.

5. Tail tucked under,slinking low to the ground.

You need to give this dog space. Let him come to you. His fearful nature can lead to aggressiveness. He might not bite but if cornered or stressed, he could react with aggression.

Now you can begin to relax. You now know what your dog is trying to tell you. Take action today to help your dog change his behavior. Tell your friends and family about the 5 signs that you are about to get bitten by your own dog, and help them understand how to prevent getting injured.

Before you get back to your busy day.

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territorial dog

If you own a dog and regularly take them for walks in your neighborhood you have no doubt had an experience with a territorial dog that is exhibiting aggression but is confined to his yard by a fence, or is hooked up to a chain. When you approach they begin barking,growling, hair standing up and may even charge at you and your dog until they fetch up at the end of the chain. If you have ever wondered what to do if by chance that dog gets loose and you are faced with how to deal with an aggressive territorial dog, then I have some tips for you.

Most dogs who are being territorial don’t really want to hurt you, they just want you to go away. In their mind they are protecting what they view as their property, ie, the yard, a vehicle, a couch. If they suddenly get free from their restraints they may even chase you.

It is important to remember this when responding to this kind of encounter.

Stand Your Ground.

It can be very frightening to be faced with a dog rushing toward you acting like they are going to tear you to shreds, and understandably so. Your first instinct is to run but you need to resist the urge to run as this will only kick the dog’s prey drive in and you will be more likely to get bitten.


Instead stay calm and be assertive, stand fast,put your dog behind you and face the dog but avoid making direct eye contact, as this will be viewed as a threat or challenge and escalate the situation.When the dog is about 10 feet away from you say,”Hey”! in your best assertive voice. Most dogs will stop immediately and show a bluster of behavior, barking,growling, circling.

Keep facing,circling with the dog and continue to periodically say,”Hey”! and continue to stand fast, but watch out, because the dogs intent was to drive you away and may even try to bite you to get his point across. In most cases when you control yourself, and the momentum of the situation,the dog will eventually give up and go away.

There you have it, by staying calm and assertive and controlling your environment it is possible to deal with an aggressive territorial dog,without anyone getting injured.

That’s all for now






It’s a beautiful day here in Cloverdale New Brunswick. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the 5 dogs that live here all want my attention at the same time. So I tell them to lay down and be good for a minute and let me get my coffee,, and then I will take care of their needs. It’s not easy but you can learn how to train a house full of dogs.

There are no squabbles over food or toy’s, because they don’t have access to these resources unless I initiate the action, I take the toys out and I put them away. Any playing inside is kept to a low intensity level, to ensure that excitement does not get out of hand.

I have no conflict in my home because from the git go I have set the rules in a clear, fair, and consistent manner.The dog’s know who sets the rules and they follow them reliably.

I have taught them to think for themselves and trained them to have options when it comes to their behavior. For example if I say “Sit”, and the dog lies down, then I don’t have a problem with it, but if I say “Sit”, and the dog ignores me and walks away, then I don’t yell or get angry I simple go and get the renegade and bring him back to where I gave the command to sit, and proceed to have him sit, this time I am determined to have him sit,not lie down, or half sit, but to sit until I am satisfied he knows what I want from him.

Giving your dog some wiggle room when it comes to behaviors will provide them with choices about what is and is not acceptable, and it really helps when I am not around. For example, I live with my 80-year-old uncle and provide care for him and his wife, and when I am not home, I have to be sure that when he tells my dogs to move or go out, then they will obey him because they have been trained to think for themselves., when he says move, they may sit or lie down, maybe go to their kennel and lie there, or go outside and lay in the shade. You see well-trained dogs can live together in a multi-dog household and not have major problems.

One of the things I always do when thinking about adding a new dog to the mix is to bring that dog home for a trial run, to access how the rest of the herd will react to this new comer, and how he will react to them.

If there are conflicts like aggression, I will not choose that dog to live with us. I don’t mind small squabbles between dogs as this is easy to handle, but adding a dog with aggression issues to a stable mix of dogs will only cause trouble and a lot of stress for you.

If you are thinking about having more than one dog in your home and you are not experienced with training dogs, then I would advise you not to get Pitbull’s, Rottweiler’s, German Shepard’s,Doberman ect.

These breeds are genetically pre-dis positioned to fight, that’s not to say that these breeds can’t learn to get along and live in the same house I am just saying that if you are just starting out, these breeds can and will test you and your ability to keep them balanced and happy.

The more dogs you have in your home the more you need to be in control at all times, you must be very vigilant about excitement levels and be sure to keep your dogs at a level 3-5 on a scale of 0- 10 at all times.

I rate this scale like this, 0 being your dog is asleep, and 10 is you cleaning blood off the walls while your better half writes that 1000.00 dollar check to the vet.

This is a list of things you will need to be very careful about in order to maintain a calm and settled atmosphere in your home.

1- Eating-  All dogs must have their own food dish and there can be no stealing from the other dogs, when one is finished he/she must go to their place and wait.

2- Do not leave toys lying around on the floor, this will only encourage competition. You must put all toys away until you take them out and set the rules for play.

3- Going in and out-of-doors must be done in an orderly fashion, no crowding, pushing or jumping around in front of the door.

4- Don’t make a big deal about leaving the house, don’t talk to them, just get them settled in their places and grab your keys and walk out.

5- Avoid excitement when coming home. When you come home from work or after being out for a while you must not greet your dogs in an excited manner, refrain from speaking to them until they are all in the range 3-5 level of excitement. If you greet them with a happy high-pitched voice, saying things like, “Did you miss Mama”?, “Who’s been a good dog”?, ect, you will only escalate the excitement, and just to let you know,.. aggression goes hand in hand with excitement….Enough said.

6- Play time When playing all dogs must use a soft mouth, and excitement levels should never exceed level 5-6, if the excitement escalates in any of the dogs, you must remove them from play, and take the time to settle them down to that 3-5 level and then bring them back into play.

7-Sleeping arrangements It don’t really matter if the dogs sleep in bed with you or on a dog bed on the floor, the only thing that matters is that each dog has what he considers to be his place to sleep and is not challenged by other dogs for that space.

8- Put Barking on Command– While barking is a perfectly natural way for dogs to communicate with each other, and to alert us to someone approaching the house, it is important when you have a lot of dogs to keep the barking to a minimum. One dog can make enough noise but when you add maybe 5-6 dogs to the choir, the racket is enough to wake up the dead. With a little work you can train your dogs to bark when you say and for how long you say.

New dogs should be trained with a one on one approach inside your house, and as he/she becomes more reliable you can move to your yard and then to the park, where you can add distractions, like other dogs, people, cats, vacuum cleaners ect.

Learning how to train a house full of dogs can be a challenge for even for the most experienced dog trainers, but when you get it right and things are in harmony with you and your household, life with many dogs can be very rewarding.

That’s it for now, I hope this has been helpful, and I encourage you to share this with your Facebook friends and family.

Good luck, and keep on training!