How To Get My Dog To Stop Being Aggressive To Other Dogs
This guide will help you understand why your dog is being aggressive and how you can best address the behavior problems with your dog to stop being aggressive towards other dogs.
As humiliating as it can be for owners, many people believe that some aggression between dogs who are unfamiliar with one another is unavoidable and must simply be tolerated, but this isn’t always the case. Aggression toward other dogs can be caused by a variety of issues, but it’s important to understand that you can take steps to prevent it. By following these instructions, you might be able to turn your dog from aggressive and unfriendly to calm and friendly.
What Causes My Dog to be Aggressive towards Others?
Aggression between dogs can be caused by a variety of circumstances, but the most common cause is fear or a desire to defend you. Even if neither of these reasons is malevolent, it is still important to teach your dog that aggression is inappropriate. Your dog may also be aggressive due to frustration or irritability caused by a lack of exercise. Contrary to a popular misconception, a dog’s breed does not automatically make it more aggressive than other dogs; just like humans, each dog is unique depending on how it was raised. The only significant difference is that larger dogs are more likely to cause more damage than smaller dogs when they become aggressive due to their size and strength. This means that before you purchase a larger breed as a pet, you must understand how to safely regulate its strength.
What Can I Do to Prevent Aggression?
Different actions will be required depending on the fundamental reason for your dog’s aggression toward other dogs. However, you should take the following steps to deal with the situation responsibly if it arises:
Stay Calm and Assertive: Regardless of how irritated you are with your dog’s aggressive behavior, yelling at them will only make their aggression worse. Hold your dog back firmly (don’t tug too hard or they’ll get upset) and go on quietly.
Block Their View Of The Other Dog: If your dog cannot see the other dog, he or she will be more likely to calm down. If you can’t get your dog out of sight completely, simply step in front of their face to block their view. This may also help to calm them down because they realize they don’t have to be aggressive.
Create Neutral Meeting Experiences: Getting your dog used to meeting other dogs will likely minimize their aggression since they will realize it is unneeded. Introduce your dog to other dogs as much as possible and as young as possible in a controlled and calm atmosphere to get them used to meet other dogs.
Entertain Your Dog: It may sound simple, but ensuring that your dog is well-walked and entertained will ensure that they are contained inside themselves, making them less likely to get frustrated and aggressive towards others.
Training your dog to be less aggressive toward others will take time, just like any other sort of training, but perseverance is vital. If your dog’s aggression does not improve after some time, you should seek medical assistance because it’s possible that an underlying health condition, rather than just behavioral qualities, is hurting their mood.