We know how upsetting and frustrating it can be to have a dog who barks at, lunges at, or bites other dogs, livestock or even people. Canine aggression is a serious behaviour problem that requires expert professional help. We have expert knowledge and skills that can get your dog to become a calm, relaxed, and happy pet. We have been successfully helping aggressive dogs and dog owners since 1995, using our own safe, humane behaviour modification program that turns aggressive dogs into happy, calm, and relaxed pets.
Using a positive approach that uses classical conditioning to change the emotional state of the dogs we help, we change aggressive behaviour permanently without the use of dominance, pain, discomfort, fear, or "tune ups". The result is a calm and relaxed dog that you can always trust and truly enjoy having around.
Aggression and Reactivity in Dogs: Solutions through understanding
Although aggression and reactivity are often used interchangeably to describe the behaviour of a dog, they are really expressions of an internal, emotional state. The reasons aggression happens are complex and there are many factors that can be involved. Genetics, inappropriate early play and social interaction, fear, excitement and successful use of aggressive displays can all lead to aggressive behaviour.
The Relationship Between Aggression and Fear
Aggression often has it's roots in a fearful behavioural state. The dog reacts aggressively, and is usually rewarded by the eventual disappearance of whatever he was frightened by. If the scary thing doesn't actually go away, but instead comes closer, or challenges him, the dog may feel the need to escalate his aggressive display to a more dangerous level. If aggressive behaviour is corrected through the use of electronic devices, collar checks, alpha rolling or dominant behaviour, it may subside as long as the threat of the correction is present. The emotional state will remain in the presence of the scary thing, until the time that the punishment is less likely to occur for the aggressive display.
Are some breeds more aggressive than others?
There is no reliable evidence to suggest that any breed is more aggressive than other breeds of dogs. However, if aggressive or fearful dogs of any breed are bred into a line, it is likely that the puppies produced from the breeding will have a greater tendency to be aggressive or reactive. If the puppies from such a breeding are frequently handled, well socialized and gently trained from just a few weeks of age, they are far less likely to develop aggressive or reactive behaviour than puppies who don't receive these things.
Early Socialization and Aggression
Frequent and appropriate socialization to people, places, things, and different environmental sounds are absolutely essential for all puppies between the ages of 2 weeks and 20 weeks. Socialization should be sensitive and positive, ensuring that puppies are not overstimulated by too much information and feel that they can trust their new human family to protect them. Allow your puppy to observe from a distance, at first, and when he really doesn't care about the item, then begin to close the distance between him and the new object. Don't allow him to engage in rough play with other puppies. Calmly, and wordlessly remove him from any play which is escalating into rough and noisy play. Then distract him for a while until he calms down. All puppy classes are not created equal, and some may even create aggressive behaviour in puppies. Our Super Puppy Classes are second to none for creating well behaved, confident puppies that grow into relaxed and happy dogs.
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