How to Stop Aggressive Dog Behavior

Written on November 22, 2023

Recognizing aggressive dog behavior is essential for ensuring the safety of both the dog and the people around it. As a dog owner, the first step in stopping aggression before it progresses is to recognize the signs. With the right tools and a personalized training program, you can rest easy knowing your dog is safe.

How To Recognize Aggressive Dog Behavior

Aggressive tendencies can manifest in various ways. One of the primary indicators of an aggressive dog is its body posture. An aggressive dog may have a rigid body, raised hackles, and a stiff tail. It may pin back its ears or have them standing straight up, depending on the breed and situation. Other common signs include:

• Growling and snarling. Some dogs may growl during play, but a deep, low growl, especially when accompanied by snarling, can indicate aggression. This vocalization is a clear warning sign that the dog feels threatened or uncomfortable.

• Baring teeth. When a dog shows its teeth, it is usually a defensive gesture. It is their way of signaling that they will bite if provoked further.

• Snapping and biting. A dog may give a warning by snapping in the air or delivering a quick bite without breaking the skin.

• Staring intently. A fixed, intense stare, especially when directed at another dog or person, can be a precursor to an aggressive act. It differs from the casual eye contact a dog makes out of curiosity.

• Guarding behavior. If a dog becomes overly protective of its food, toys, or territory, it might display aggressive tendencies.

Understanding these signs of aggressive behavior allows you to move into actively mitigating aggression. Then, you can consult a professional dog trainer to address the issue.

How To Help When a Dog Gets Agitated

When a dog becomes agitated, it is essential to approach the situation in a calm manner, using minimal verbal engagement. First, avoid sudden movements or loud noises, which can exacerbate the dog’s agitation. If the dog is unfamiliar and showing signs of aggression, avoid direct eye contact to make the dog feel less threatened.

Always ensure there is a safe distance between you and the agitated dog. If the dog is on a leash, lead the dog to a quieter environment with fewer stimuli to regain control.

Distracting the dog with a toy or treat can sometimes shift its focus from the source of its agitation. However, ensure you do not reward aggressive behavior with treats. If you notice specific patterns or triggers causing the agitation, note them. This information can be invaluable when seeking the guidance of a professional dog trainer. Through patience, understanding, calm leadership, correct body postures and informed actions, you can help an agitated dog return to a relaxed state before anything adverse occurs.

How Dog Training Can Help

Training a dog is an invaluable tool for curbing and minimizing aggressive tendencies. By establishing clear communication and understanding between the dog and its owner, training brings about behavioral changes that create a safer environment for the dog and those around it. Proper training teaches a dog impulse control, ensuring it does not react aggressively, even when faced with potential triggers. It helps instill discipline and provides an outlet for the dog’s energy.

One practical approach to address aggression is enrolling the dog in a board and train program. This immerses the dog in an environment designed for learning, with professionals engaging with your dog frequently. With the guidance of professional trainers, dogs receive intensive training sessions tailored to their specific behavioral challenges. The controlled setting allows for consistent training, ensuring the dog internalizes the lessons and changes its behavior faster.

If you want to adopt a dog and have concerns about introducing them to the family, pre-trained dog services allow you to bring a new addition home without fear of conflict. Whether you are a first-time or experienced owner, a pre-trained dog makes the process easier for everyone.

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In fostering a bond of love and mutual respect with your dog, the most important step you can take is to seek dog training from professionals. Specialty Dog Training offers customized training services based on your dog’s unique needs. We combine expertise with community involvement and a commitment to treating your dog like their own. Contact Specialty Dog Training to consult with an experienced trainer today.