October 15, 2012

How to Train an Aggressive Dog

Filed under: Dog Aggression — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 8:50 am

aggressive dogMost people have a natural tendency to be amused with dogs that look cute or those that exhibit pleasing behavior. But, an overly aggressive dog is never amusing.

An unbalanced aggressive dog can inflict serious injuries to people, and an aggressive dog’s bite can even be fatal.

Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons why dogs are put to sleep; because they are no longer safe to be with people. They display such dangerous aggression that people fear they may end up hurting the people around them.

It may not all be that easy to understand and distinguish whether your dog is showing aggression. Dog behavior is different from humans, what is supposed to be play for dogs may seem like aggressive behavior to humans.

However, experts say that there are some telling signs of aggression. Supposed dog-play when accompanied by loud growls or furious snarling may be a sign of aggression. When your dog gets wild at the sight of other people and moves to attack them, this is a clear sign of bad aggressive behavior.

Behaviors similar to these should not be ignored.

Aggressive Dog Training Tips

The best-trained dogs obey humans and follow orders from us. So as soon as your dog shows signs of bad behavior, start training your dog to modify these behaviors.  Here are a few tips on how to train an aggressive dog:

  • Many dogs bark uncontrollably when visitors come to the door. Ignore your dog in this situation, just walk to the door and open and ask the visitor to come in. Without eye contact with the dog, continue this practice every time a visitor comes to the door.
  • Restrain your dog with a leash around its neck. This will help you control your dog; a simple tug on the leash will restrain bad behavior.
  • During walks, stop and call your dogs attention with a simple touch when it barks at other dogs or at people. Keep repeating the action as necessary.
  • Remain calm and fearless when your dog tries to seemingly attack on you, call its attention with a touch. But do not panic or the dog’s aggression will increase.
  • Reward submissive, calm behavior. Every time you are able to calm your dog’s seeming aggressive behavior, give him little treats as reward.
  • Family members with the most difficulty in handling the dog must try to spend time feeding and petting, and training the dog. This will help build the dog’s trust and respect for that person.
  • Remember to always discipline wrong dog behavior before it gets out of hand. The slightest sign of aggression must be caught— this does not mean hurting or gravely punishing the dog. A simple touch or sound to show opposition to the behavior will do.
  • Take your dog for regular daily walks to shed his energy. This is a very healthy dog exercise to help build a balanced dog.

January 20, 2011

Reduce Canine Anxiety

Filed under: Dog Aggression — Tags: , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 2:04 am

Symptoms of Canine Anxiety in DogsYou want to help your dog no matter what they are going through, especially if we may be to blame. Dogs can suffer from anxiety when they are put in a situation that is emotionally challenging, such as when there is more attention towards a new dog or baby. Anxiety in dogs usually occurs over the fear of being left alone, thunder storms, or boredom. Symptoms of anxiety in dogs include: excessive attachment, such as aggressive barking, and whining when they are left alone, nervousness, chewing, and digging. Smart dogs get bored easily putting them at higher risk of getting anxiety. Bored pets will scratch, chew, and destroy furniture or household items. Anxiety could be caused by a few different things but there are ways to help eliminate anxiety in your dog!

Before you leave your house, check to make sure they have food and water. Take them out for a nice long walk before you leave the house so while you are gone, they can sleep or stay calm. Give them some attention before you leave to show your love! A few minutes prior to leaving and after returning, ignore your dog. This will help the canine understand that they cannot always have your attention so separation will be less dramatic.

When they are home alone, leave on a TV or the radio for a little comfort. In addition, leaving a personal item with your scent on it, such as a t-shirt, will leave them happy to curl up with while you are away. You can also have certain toys that you give to your dog only when you are out of the house. Kong toys and hollow bones work well so the dog can play by themselves.

There are many steps to take that can help cure dog anxiety. Bonding with your dog every moment that you can is one of the biggest. Train your dog to understand that when you leave, you will return. Keep a routine so they don’t get confused. If your dog suffers anxiety attacks from thunderstorms, using a “Thundershirt”, which is a blanket for dogs, will calm them. If natural remedies do not work for your dog, there are drugs that can be taken such as: Fluxetine, Valium, or Rescue Remedy. It is best to try all natural ways of curing anxiety before using medications. Medications have side effects therefore a natural remedy would keep your dog healthy and happy.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.