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.

Dog Training Tips From “Doggy Dan”

There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.

The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.

The second key to success is to motivate your dog. It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.

Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve. At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.

The three main rewards are:

Food- anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Affection- pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
Toys- games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc
Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well

If you want to use food rewards then always follow these simple tips:

Always vary food rewards
Do not give food rewards every time
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward
The third key to achieving perfection is practice! Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!

One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan.

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.