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  • Dog Aggression: Get Expert Help

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     “I’m afraid my dog is going to…”

    Bark, growl, lunge, or snap at another person or dog again. Bite someone. Bite a kid. Bite another dog. Embarrass me in front of my neighbours and/or friends. Cause a complaint or even a lawsuit.

    Aggressive behavior is scary, stressful, and embarrassing. I can help it stop. 

     

    What Is Aggression, and Why Does It Happen?

    "Aggression is overt, often harmful, social interaction with the intention of inflicting damage or other unpleasantness upon another individual. It may occur either in retaliation or without provocation" -Wikipedia

    In dogs, aggression nearly always has it's roots in fear, even though all that barking, growling, lunging and biting looks pretty angry. In most cases these aggressive displays are designed to frighten scary things away. Dogs learn that growling, barking and lunging make people or other dogs move away.

    Sometimes aggression towards other dogs or people is caused by bad past experience.  More often, it's caused by a lack of adequate early socialization.  The critical social imprinting stage begins at just 2 weeks of age and ends at around 16 weeks of age.  If puppies of this age are not given plenty of positive social interactions with all kinds of people, places, sounds, and things and every description of dog, there is a good chance they will develop fear-based aggression as adult dogs.  

    Backyard dogs that spend the majority of their lives isolated from humans frequently develop aggressive behaviour.  As social learners, dogs learn from those around them. If there is no one around to learn from the majority of the time, then not only do dogs risk developing fear-based aggression, they have no way of learning appropriate social interaction and may behave aggressively in an attempt to elicit interaction.  Dogs need to learn appropriate human interaction skills from being around humans. 

    In either of these situations, we can help get your dog on the right track. It doesn't matter what breed or size she is.  We have helped more than 1000 dogs over the last 23 years. We use scientifically proven, gentle, humane training methods to help your dog change her world view for good.  If she’s no longer afraid of people and dogs, she’ll no longer have reason to bark at or bite them.

    Imagine Your Dog:

    • Looking to you for direction when she sees a dog or person
    • Calmly passing other dogs and people on the street
    • Simply ignoring new people—or even saying hello
    • Making new dog friends
    • Allowing company through the door without a ruckus
    • Enjoying being touched and petted
    • No longer minding activity around her food bowl
    • Able to share her toys and prized possessions

     

     

     

     

     

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