Aggressive dog: Educational tips and proper handling

An aggressive dog is almost always an insecure dog who believes he has to defend himself or his "possessions". The following upbringing tips will help you with how you can respond and how to learn how to handle your bully.

First of all, it makes sense to make an analysis of when your aggressive dog seems to get particularly angry. If you know the reasons for the aggression, you can then adjust the handling of your dog.

Aggressive dog: Exploring causes

Watch your dog exactly in which situations he reacts aggressively. If he growls at you and yells at you as you approach his toy or food bowl, he wants to protect his resources and fears that you want to take them away from him. In so-called "linen aggression", dogs become particularly loud and aggressive when they are on leash. This may be because you yourself are insecure and transfer your nervousness to the dog who feels your mood, and believes you have to defend yourself and your family. Frustration may also play a role when an aggressive dog becomes angry.

If all this is not considered or your dog behaves apparently groundless aggressive, it may be an anxiety disorder behind it. Perhaps an aggressive dog has experienced something traumatic for him, which has solidified and become independent. Especially in shelter dogs, the causes of anxiety and behavioral problems are not always clear and make handling difficult. In that case, you should seek the help of an animal psychologist. But first check with the vet if your dog may want to cover up pain or physical discomfort through his aggressive behavior.

Dealing with aggressive dogs: Providing security

An aggressive dog is almost always convinced that they have to defend themselves or something. Whether fear, stress or frustration is behind it, the result is always uncertain. Some dogs go on the defensive in uncertainty, hide or seek protection. Others hold attack for the best defense. When dealing with aggressive dogs, this means that you should radiate and live your own safety, calm and serenity.

Never yell at your brawler, pull him on a leash, or punish him for his behavior. Then he just gets more confused and wants to defend himself even more. Instead, try to build trust between you and your dog and establish a stable human-dog friendship. For example, you can practice with a tow line so that your dog is not disturbed by a line that is too tight. If you can not do this alone or do not know where to start, go with your dog to a dog trainer, an animal psychologist, or a problem dog therapist who will help you with the handling and education.

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