Dogs are naturally social creatures; socialization is a very important part in their health. However, when your dog is fearful or anxious socialization becomes difficult.
In most cases, dogs have triggers for aggression, probably one that you do not know about especially if you bought an old puppy or dog. You know, it’s very unlikely for a dog just to rear its head one day and decide to become a monster the next day.
There are few methods you can socialize an aggressive dog, and we will discuss few of those methods here.
1. Show your dog you are in charge
If the dog any kind of aggression, as the owner you need to show it that you are in control and that the dog owes you obedience.
This doesn’t mean you will terrorize him, but you find ways to earn respect, this includes using high-pitch sound rather than harsh punishment or a simple sit/stay command.
2. Identify the triggers
Knowing what sparks the aggression can help know how to deal with it. You can gradually expose your dog to triggers of aggression making him realize that they don’t necessarily present any reason for being aggressive.
This includes daily public walks, exposing them to adult, friend or other dogs.
3. Provide him with a haven
A dog may be aggressive when it’s confronted, so a good place of escape can help them relieve some stress or fill comfortable making them less aggressive. This can be a bed, or a crate or even in your car so long it’s a safe zone and away from distractions.
4. Use prong collar or Muzzle
If you safely expose your aggressive dog to people, children, and other dogs, then there are chances that within time they will be able to socialize.
But it’s important that you use a prong collar or even a muzzle if the dog shows over excessive aggression just to protect those around you.
5. Right approach
Unclear message to access can be a trigger to aggressiveness especially to dogs that are fearful towards strangers. Approach him in the right way and don’t send mixed messages, because this will likely provoke fear.
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6. Gentle discipline
Every time a dog display any form of aggressiveness, correct him right away but gently. Remember, the reason your dog has such behavior may be associated with harsh discipline in the past, so be careful when punishing him.
7. Reward good behavior
Always praise your dog when he remains calms or when he is friendly in a situation where he normally shows aggressiveness. You can use high pitched voice to let them know you that they have done well.
But they have to know the difference in your voices; a praise voice should be different with the voice you use when showing dominance.
8. Avoid excessive soothing
Extreme soothing can make a dog nervous; just like hitting them (you shouldn’t even hit your dog in the first place).
Regular soothing will remind the dog that you are the alpha, but do not overdo it. He may think that he has all the chances of being an alpha dog.
9. Getting professional help
Sometimes dog’s aggressiveness can be exacerbated by pain or poor health, and some of these causes will require a veterinarian to rule out the best cause of action. This may include neutering if it’s ifs a male dog.
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Professional training is strongly recommended for any aggressive dog. Training will help an aggressive dog become more comfortable around other people, dogs, and any other trigger, but make sure you choose the right trainer to retrain your dog.
Remember than genetics can play a significant role in your dog behavior before you try any of the methods above or discourage an aggressive behavior, talk to a professional trainer to ensure you are not provoking the aggressiveness even more.