You are just figuring out there is a problem, or perhaps you are on a waiting list to see a respected professional. What do you do right now?
Avoid the situation that sets off your dog
Here are some suggestions
If your dog is aggressive to guests
Put your dog in a room before your guest arrives. Waiting until the doorbell goes off, and trying to manage your dog as your guest comes in is hard on everyone, including your dog.
If your dog becomes aggressive when he is told to get off the couch
- Don’t let him on the couch. This way he or she will never become anxious about it.
- Teach him to get off the couch, by teaching him to go somewhere else
- Attach a light cat leash to him or her, (cut the handle loop) and leave
- When all else fails bribe him to come to you (and off the couch) – so much more fun for a dog to come to a liver treat than it is to be pushed by a human. He doesn;t need to know you are actually tricking him to get off.
If your dog is aggressive when eating or around his bowl
- Ask him to sit every time you approach the bowl or put food down for him
- Failing that, feed him in a separate room – if need be, put the bowl in the room, then let the dog in, wait until he is done before removing the bowl
If your dog is aggressive towards other dogs in the house
- Separation using rooms where they can’t see each other is best for all animals involved. Your aggressive dog will need an adjustment period, and its important you spend time with him or her
If your dog is aggressive towards strange dogs
- Cross the road or move far enough away from any strange dog you see – out of the range where your dog will become aggressive. If this is not possible then,
- Walk your dog in areas where or times when you will not encounter strange dogs. If this is not possible then,
- Remember, if your dog does not exercise heavily for a month he will not die! Try exercise your dog in the house. Training your dog to touch targets will not only give him some exercise going back and forth, but tire him mentally. If he is okay in the back yard, there are chase toys you might try, or throwing a ball, or teaching him to touch targets outside. Always remember that teaching your dog something is tiring.