The following article is a guest post.
Aggression in dogs is a very common issue which is often encountered when they feel that their privacy has been invaded or fear that their offspring may be in danger. It is a very natural response, one which we, as humans, also display when we feel threatened.
When we hear pet owners complaining about their dogs exhibiting aggressive behaviour, the first thing to do is try to find out the reason for it. There are a number of reasons why your dog might resort to aggressive behaviour and act strange all the time, putting the life of your family members and others in the neighbourhood at risk.
Aggression in dogs isn’t a learned trait, meaning it is caused by a trigger.
A trigger can be anything, from the presence of another pet, human being or an object that your dog feels threatened by or wishes to prove its dominance on. To do either, it uses barking or attacking to show its agitation.
Further information about why your dog is exhibiting an odd behaviour, research studies and tips can be read on www.spoiltrottendogs.com.au.
Safety begins right at home. In this article, we will be looking at different approaches to help your dog feel less aggravated. But all of these methods will only work once you have investigated the reason behind its aggression.
Put A Fence Around It.
Putting your dog in a fence should be your first priority.
Build a strong fence around your home so that your dog can’t escape and injure anyone who comes close to it. Moreover, know that dogs are smart animals. It should be your do job to look for any holes or weak spots in the fence that might make for a great escape route.
Put On A Strong Leash.
Pets on leash are always easier to control when they display an aggressive behaviour. If your dog has started to show aggressiveness, a strong leash can help keep it under control.
Muzzle It Up.
Even if you have a strong leash on it, your dog can resort to attacking or biting. Leaving it unattended, especially when walking it outdoors, can endanger the lives of all those passing by. If you think that your dog might attack someone on the way, try putting a muzzle to cover its face when in public so that no harms comes to you, your family, or anyone else in your neighbourhood.
Teach Your Dog The “Come Away” Command.
A smart way to train your dog is to do so by teaching it the “come away” command.
The come away command refers to any distraction that suppresses your dog’s aggression. This works best when your dog feels aggravated or threatened by the trigger that makes it aggressive in the first place by diverting its attention and thus, reducing anxiety.
Punishment can further breed aggressiveness and, as a result, worsen the situation even more. If you are unsure what caused the aggression, punishment and beating will never work in your favour.
Your pet may feel challenged and may further try to prove its dominance by becoming more aggressive. So, don’t make matters worse for yourself and your family and try to resolve it by identifying the core of such eliciting behaviour.
Our pets need us the same way we need others. They too feel anxious or frightened when we are unable to understand what’s wrong with them. So, be there for them and don’t let them suffer or go through it all alone.