Tuesday, October 23, 2007

What do I do if my dog is aggressive?

Having a dog is joy in one’s home and it should be a source of tranquility for the whole family. This is usually the case, but some dogs tend to be strangely loud, agitated and tend to attack other small animals. It’s the case of aggressive dogs, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly!

Dogs that become aggressive usually start by showing different symptoms before getting to a state when even his master would be afraid to be around him. Some such symptoms are barking very much, growling when someone gets near his food, various attacks on cats or other small animals or even escapes from home for long periods of time. If you see some of these symptoms in your dog’s behavior, get used to the idea that he might have a problem, and if you don’t want to lose him eventually, you should act to resolve this problem!

First thing you should know is that when you see this problem, you should go to the veterinarian and seek for his professional opinion. More to this, here are some tricks from some aggression treating programs, which hopefully with the giddiness of your vet will help your companion. The main thing to do is to make sure you are the only provider of his every aspect in life: only you will feed him, play with him, give affection to; you can as far as being the only person that gives him any attention! When he will realize that he depends on you for everything, he should be getting very attached to you and of course should give in a little because now there is no one else to turn to.

When this stage is reached, you should try to get him to do what you say, such as firstly to sit, stay or fetch and then go for the DON’Ts like don’t sit on the couch. After his every progress you should give him a reward – affection or treats – because this is how he will understand he is doing something good; also, don’t hesitate to act mad at him when he acts aggressive.

If your dog doesn’t cooperate with you, you should consult a professional animal behaviorist that knows the training techniques and will help you companion to become as once loving and playful. Aggressiveness is a serious problem among dogs and you shouldn’t take it lightly, so please see your vet when your dog acts strangely for his and yours sake!

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