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Aggression in dogs - Part 2/2

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Aggression in dogs - Part 2/2

In the first part I have explained the meaning of aggressive behavior in dogs, the different forms of aggression and how to diagnose aggressive behavior. In this part I deal with the question "What can be done against aggressive behavior in the dog?".



Aggressions in dogs

What can be done against aggressive behavior in dogs?

Accept the problem and get professional help

Very important is to be aware that there is a problem which can be solved mostly well with professional help. Experienced dog trainer or animal behavior psychologist can help. But the dog's owner must, of course participate consistently. "Seeking help" as mentioned in the first part is the first of many steps.

If the dog snaps or even bites, the dog should, to avoid injury, always be kept on a leash. He must be kept out constantly under control. A muzzle can be used in extremely aggressive behavior.



Under no circumstances aggression should be met with counter-aggression, because thus conveys to the dog not only a false alternative behavior, but exacerbates the problem and the future training success.

Enhancement of bonding and leadership

In the treatment of forms of aggression for dogs it is extremely important, that they develop a strong bond with the dog owner. The dog must completely trust its owner.

Here, the dog owner must take a balanced leadership and preserve it. In this case, it is not about rank order or be pack leader, but rather about consistent behavior and clear structures for the dog.



Aggressive bevavior in dogs

Fear and dominance aggression are the most common

In dogs that have aggressive behavior, it is imperative that they follow visual and verbal command. This does not only help with desensitization in which they are taught alternative behaviors, but also for stopping or preventing undesirable incidents. A dog should be able to master the most important commands, such as sit, come, stay, etc.

Systematic desensitization and teaching of alternative behaviors

If the above conditions are satisfied, you can start with a systematic desensitization. For this purpose, you should absolutely, as already mentioned several times, consult an experienced dog trainer or animal behavior psychologist and do not take any self-tests. Most thereby the problem is reinforced as solved. Such a process can, depending on aggressive behavior, take some time to complete.

With the help of a professional the dog will learn an alternative behavior to aggressive behavior. A very powerful tool here is the selective reinforcement of specific or desired behaviors.

Through rewards some behavioral patterns will increase and other will decrease. By focusing on a new command, the dog will be held from unwanted behavior. Over time, the stimulus will be combined with the alternative behavior.

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