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How to Deal with an Aggressive Dog

Added on Apr 12, 2010 From Howcast

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With proper training, an aggressive dog can be transformed into a well-behaved companion you'll love having at your side.

Due to the potentially serious consequences of dog aggression, seek professional guidance.

Step 1: Understand your dog
Understand that it is a dog's nature to behave aggressively out of frustration, fearfulness, and dominance.

Step 2: Rule out medical causes
Get an aggressive dog examined by a veterinarian to eliminate medical reasons for the behavior.

Step 3: Exercise your dog
Exercise your dog regularly to release pent-up energy and establish a balanced mental state.

Muzzle an aggressive dog as a precaution when taking him out in public and avoid playing tug-of-war games

Step 4: Establish pack order
Establish yourself as pack leader by making it clear to the dog that you are the boss, reducing dominance-based aggression.

Step 5: Set boundaries
Set boundaries, making it clear that it is not acceptable for your dog to bite hands or clothing. Use a time-out for biting, if necessary.

Neuter or spay your dog to reduce dominant, territorial, possessive, and protection aggression.

Step 6: Keep people safe
Keep people safe by confining or restricting your dog until his aggression problem is resolved. With effort and patience, you can bring out the best in any dog.

Did You Know?
Did you know? Behavioral problems account for 50 to 70 percent of all euthanized dogs.

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The Amazing Temmieon Says:

Jun 5, 2017 - my friend has a dog who hates my guts. everytime he scents me or hears me he charges and tries to rip my sun dress or jeans. I can understand why. he was adopted from a shelter, and my friend guesses he was abused judging from the chain marks on his neck and his torn ear. I think he hates me because he was freshly adopted when I pet him a bit too hard on the head. do you know anything I can do?

Vikrant Verma Says:

May 11, 2017 - what rubbish

redhawk halostar Says:

Apr 17, 2017 - Should u not look at an aggressive dog in the eyes? When ur petting it

Ender Skies Says:

Apr 27, 2016 - Step 1: Draw your legally licensed concealed pistol.

Step 2: Discharge pistol into the head of aggressor.

If the owner of the now dead dog attempts to threaten you, repeat Step 2.

ketchup Says:

Aug 11, 2015 - So how do I deal with it when I flock of wild aggressive dogs is running after me? They do get their exercise then, but I do not see how that helps me.

manuela redding Says:

Mar 23, 2015 - this beautiful German Shepherd looked unhappy and stressed from the beginning to the end  of video.
Aggression comes usually from fear of being mistreated (again!) Step one: carefully, calmly and gently win the trust of the dog...step two: be loved by him and love him!

Danni C Says:

Aug 26, 2014 - 0:49 .....soooo anyone else notice he put that muzzle on wrong?

Molly2471 Says:

Aug 26, 2014 - The only thing this video was right about is that you need patience. It's easy to punish a dog and be 'dominant', but properly raising a dog takes months and indeed a lot of patience.

RaijinHanshi Says:

May 27, 2014 - What a dumb video! LOL! 1:06 timeout? WTF! Dogs aren't kids! They do not understand the concept of timeout you stupid fuck! and spying and neutering does not fix the aggression issues dumbass. A vet must of created this video.