How To Train Aggressive Dogs Towards Other Dogs
Aggressive dogs are a very common problem among dog owners, who are often confused about how to train them. This article will explain aggression and how to train aggressive dogs towards other dogs.
The prospect of being able to take their pet dog to the park to “play” with all the other canines appeals to the majority of people. In theory, your pet should have a great time meeting new species-related friends, playing, sniffing, and having fun.
The truth, though, is a little different.
Many mature dogs dislike meeting new dogs in the park. This is a concept that comes from the human mind. When they’re not with their pack, they’re not technically social creatures, but they can make friends with other canines.
Your dog may also become aggressive toward other dogs, lunging at them or snarling and raising his hackles. When confronted with an unclear situation, even non-aggressive canines might exhibit similar qualities.
Some of them also act aggressively out of fear, concluding that the best way to protect yourself is to fight back. They use aggressive signs to scare off other people.
Your Dog’s Socialization
Allowing your dog to play freely with any other canine it meets is not considered “socializing.” It merely entails educating them on how to behave when they encounter other dogs. When you go to a dog training school, you won’t find mature dogs playing together. They must work alongside their handlers while elegantly tolerating the presence of other dogs.
Starting at a young age is the most efficient strategy for socializing a dog. If you have a puppy, you should immediately enroll it in puppy school. As part of their training, all excellent puppy schools will offer a “playtime” in which puppies are encouraged to meet each other and get to know other dogs.
If you have an adult dog who needs to be socialized, begin with praise and rewards and keep your dog on a leash when out in public. Tell your dog to “Say Hello!” to the other dog when you see another dog approaching. You can begin at a distance of 10 or even 20 yards from the other dog.
Say his name or pivot quickly at a 90-degree angle to get your dog’s attention when you notice him tense up or his hackles rising. Say “excellent dog!” in a cheerful, high-pitched tone and give him a tiny treat or reward the moment he looks at you instead of the other dog.
This diversion is frequently sufficient to prevent your dog from mistaking the other dog for a threat. It can also teach your dog that you are in charge of the situation and are the pack leader. Your dog learns that there was no need to be afraid of the other dog because there was no confrontation, and he also learns to trust that you would look after the pack even while you’re out in public.
Never yell, scream, scold, or strike a dog when working to control it around other dogs. These methods of discipline are ineffective and often have the opposite impact. When a canine shows aggressive behavior around other canines, he may be afraid, so hurting him will likely cause him to retaliate by snapping or biting.
In every situation, the best form of control is teaching your dog when it’s time to look away from any distractions and focus on you for positive reinforcement and treats. You’ll find that going for a walk is a lot more fun.