Is your pet often showing these signs of aggression?
Occasional aggression in your pets is expected, however, needs to be checked if it’s getting out of control. A feisty temper usually begins on a passive note, but can ultimately lead to attacks, causing everyone to stay yards away from you and your pet. Here are some signs that your dog is aggressive:
- Constant growling
- Rigid posture
- Snarling and showing teeth
- Threatening barks
- Jumping at every human insight
- Light or repetitive biting
- Snapping without leaving a mark
Why your dog gets aggressive
There are multiple reasons for your dog to lose temper, which include environmental, territorial, possessive, protective, and defensive factors. An exception to these reasons may be pain or abuse, which calls for a visit to the vet as soon as possible. Irrespective of external factors, identifying the reason for your dog’s temper and bringing in gradual changes in their environment is the key to improvement. Once you cross that hurdle, you can customize their training and personalize it.
Here are 7 steps to bring your dog’s feisty temper under control:
- Identify the reason for aggression:
Once you’re aware of what triggers your dog and who he is abusive towards, it’s time to consult with a licensed dog trainer. Always, consult your veterinarian for a recommendation if you’re not sure who to employ.
- Don’t ignore symptoms of aggression:
A bad temper is always undesirable. When your own dog shows these characteristics, it’s best to take it seriously as soon as possible. Pet parents often overlook these initial signs, and may end up unintentionally encouraging these paw babies.
- Never punish your dog:
Dogs do not understand discipline naturally, and when punishment is used, they are more likely to act out or act more aggressively. The easiest way to train violent behaviour is to encourage good behavior with incentives. Often your dog will need a little reminder that you are in control, but eventually, through reward-based training, he will react best to reconditioning.
- Teach them to impulse control:
It is important to train a dog’s impulse control and develop their tolerance of frustration. Here are some tips and tricks to change the way your dog reacts. Teach them to:
- Wait at the door instead, and let them be patient before bolting out
- Sit and wait for a command to enter the car
- Wait for the food bowl to come to them
- Whining and barking won’t get them attention
- Reward split seconds of calm behaviour
- Change little patterns that can make a big difference:
Stop your dog from chasing cars, chewing, eating stool, excessive digging, excessive guarding, jumping, and leash pulling.
- Use hacks to calm them down:
Give a brisk shake to the fur under their ear, called a ‘scruff shake’. You can also gently push them over to their side and lean over them, to remind them of who the boss is.
- Say no:
This helps as ignoring your dogs can make them conscious of their actions.
Above all, remember, do not handle aggression with aggression. Treat your baby with love & care while being firm instead of just plain strict.
Try these tips and let us know the changes you witness in your dog?
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