While you may think your dog is aggressive because of the neighbour's black dog or the guy wearing that crazy hat, it is now believed by the scientific community that anxiety or uncertainty underlies most dog aggression (1). That anxiety or uncertainty in dogs underlies dog aggression is not immediately obvious. As a result it is overlooked unless you are aware of it. In fact … [Read more...] about How anxiety relates to dog aggression and why we need to treat it
On the surface treating dog aggression - if not a simple fix - can at least appear to be relatively straightforward. Teach your dog to do something that is incompatible with aggressive behavior. How hard can that be? Well, after the initial cycle of excitement and enthusiasm, there is the inevitable wake-up call to reality. This is going to be a little harder than you … [Read more...] about 5 Harsh Realities of Treating Dog Aggression
Training your aggressive dog to stop paying attention to something else and shift their to you will likely help to improve dog aggression. People with generalized social-phobia that have been trained to pay attention to non-threatening positive material and ignore threatening material, showed significantly greater reductions in self-reported, behavioral, and physiological … [Read more...] about Training your aggressive dog to pay attention might help improve dog aggression
Everyone who has a dog seems to have an opinion on how to handle dog behavior problems and aggression is at the top of the list. Here is some of the worst advice for handing aggression in dogs that you should avoid. Being dominant, being “pack leader”, “alpha”, “top dog”, etc.. Act like Cesar Milan and do “alpha rolls”. Using an E-collar, “stim” collar, or shock … [Read more...] about The World’s Worst Dog Aggression Advice
We and our dogs are unable to pay full attention to more than one thing at a time. Outside of dogs that are aggressive toward their owners, it means that if you can hold your dogs attention, they will not be attention to whatever else he is becoming aggressive towards. Dogs that are not attending to the threats in the their environments are not going to become anxious, and … [Read more...] about The importance of getting your dog’s attention at the earliest stage of aggressive arousal.