A CURE TO DOG AGGRESSION?
“Cured” is the wrong word to use when talking about improving dog aggression because all dogs have the potential to behave aggressively just like we all have the potential to lose our tempers or defend ourselves when threatened. But while all dogs have the potential to behave aggressively, the majority of dog aggression problems are treatable (1). But the trick is to use the right methods in the right way.
The majority of dog aggression is treatable
There are many different kinds of methods that various dog owners and people in the dog industry use to treat aggression. Unfortunately some of these methods can backfire and actually make a dog aggression problem worse. See 5 Dog Treatment Methods to Avoid. Be aware of any trainer who insists he can “fix” your dog, make your dog’s aggression completely “disappear”, or uses words like “cure” or promises a quick fix. This likely a way of trying to fool you into using their services. Also, be skeptical of what you have seen on television. Television content is edited to make it exciting and interesting. The stuff no one wants you to see is edited out.
Obedience training with positive methods – while useful as part of a treatment program does not actually treat the aggression. There are plenty of well trained dogs that behave aggressively.
Treating dog aggression requires a systematic approach like the one in The Dog Aggression System Every Dog Owner Needs downloadable e-book. You need a complete program that looks at the big picture and goes beyond obedience training. You need a system actually based on science and not what makes exciting television. Finding a very knowledgable trainer or a certified behaviorist is another way to get help for your aggressive dog (see Who can help). At the end of the day, you are aiming for a stress free enjoyable life with your dog! Starting off on the wrong foot can be disastrous.
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(1) One example, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (VHUP) behavior clinic has a very high success rate with great improvement in more than 75% of all aggressive animals; 90% of aggressive patients improve to the extent that the owners are happy to keep them. This is significant given that behavior clinics tend to see the most extreme cases.