How To Stop Dog Aggression

If you want to understand how to stop dog aggression let me start by asking you two rhetorical questions!

Firstly do YOU start the aggression with your dog simply joining in?

Secondly does your dog listen to you just before it behaves the way it does when you try show it another way to behave?

The answer will of course be the following:

At the point your dog starts to become aggressive he is taking no notice at all of you.

The dog making his own decisions and will not listen to you if you try to show him a different way to behave. What he is doing is simply too important to him and is the right thing to do. Dog aggression is nearly always done in order to protect, their pack and their own lives.

Firstly there is of course a whole range of different types of aggression from dominant to fearful and everything in between. Then there is aggression that occurs the whole time and other aggression, which is very erratic, and random depending on a number of differing factors. We could also look at what your dog is aggressive towards; it could be people, animals, other dogs or objects.

The way to stop dog aggression however is very much the same, or at least the cause of the problem is the same. Your dog thinks that it is the pack leader, becomes fearful and attacks to protect, you and himself. Dominant dogs will be more proactive, often attacking when they still have the option of running away, fearful dogs will only attack if they have no place to run. All the other factors pale into insignificance compared to this.

The most important concept to grasp if you want to understand how to stop dog aggression is that your dog must first look to you as the pack leader in the home. (This is the easiest place to convince him you are the decision maker.) Only then can you convince him that you are the pack leader on the walk. There are some fantastic video sites now that show you exactly how to become the pack leader.

Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader outside then upon reaching the point where he usually is aggressive you will find that he will actually start to take notice of how you are behaving! If you aren’t then your dog will probably continue to ignore what you are doing at this point forever.

Just remember, dogs are pack animals and they follow the pack leader.

One of the best examples of a professional dog trainer putting this all into practice is The Online Dog Trainer. The site has live videos of this method being demonstrated and explains exactly how to stop dog aggression by simply convincing your dog that you are the pack leader.

How To Become The Pack Leader

How To Become The Pack LeaderOf all the questions that people ask us about being a dog owner, “how to become the pack leader” is the most prominent! This is easily the most important question, as many dog owners need to know how to convince your dog that you are in charge. The pack leader as the decision maker – where you should go for the walk, how to behave in certain situations and how to respond to all the weird and wonderful things that are out in the big wide world.

Once you know how dogs packs work you soon understand this importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave the decision making up to your dog, then there a good chance that your dog is going to get things very wrong and make a mistake!

In order to understand how to be the pack leader, you must first recognize that the following means nothing to your dog….

What sort of car you drive, the size of your house, how much money you make or even if you’re a celebrity! Your dog would happily trade all of that for a nice piece of bacon!

Making your dog sit before his dinner falls way short of what you really need to be doing to be the pack leader.

And dominating your dog is not the way to become the pack leader either. In fact this can back fire on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength means dominance.

So what do you have to do to become the pack leader? All dogs, regardless of breed, use the same exact ways to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn is to watch and experienced dog trainer on video, as Doggy Dan has done through one of the videos on “The Online Dog Trainer” website. The critical areas to take command include:

  • The pack leader must be in total, calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This could include anything that your dog considers dangerous and barks at in and around the property. It might seem like nothing to you but your dog considers it important enough to warn you about.
  • When walking your dog, it should not pull you at any stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video or with personal instruction too!
  • If you are the pack leader, then your dog should be able to relax when inside the home. If your dog is always switched on and can’t relax then it’s on pack leader duty!
  • Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you greet your dog when you arrive home.
  • Lastly, your eating ritual will establish who is the pack leader.

A great video resource which I highly recommend for you to help you understand more about this topic is The Online Dog Trainer with Doggy Dan.