So your dog is aggressive or fearful! Poor pup and poor you! It can be really painful for you as well as your dog when your dog is barking, lunging, growling or hiding. The first thing to do is to prevent your dog from having more fearful outbursts while you get your training plan together. I’ve listed some things to consider below.
- Begin by contacting your regular veterinarian to rule out medical problems in your fearful or aggressive dog. Consider contacting a Veterinary Behavioral Specialist for a consultation and possibly medication.
- Try safe anxiety reducers like herbal calming supplements, DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone, melatonin and Thundershirt.
- Feed your dog a high-quality diet that is free of artificial additives, wheat, corn and soy.
- Make sure your dog gets enough activity and stimulation.
- Teach your dog to wear a muzzle if there is a possibility he could hurt someone. (And teach your dog that wearing the muzzle = treats!)
- Be a good leader to your dog to help make it worthwhile for him to listen to you.
- If your dog is afraid of people, do not allow unfamiliar people to approach him, instead, reward him for any social or friendly behaviour with a treat. Put him in another room with a great chew if he will be upset by the presence of guests. It will help him to feel more secure if the guests pretend that your dog is invisible.
- Keep yourself calm and upbeat at all times and tension off of his or her leash. Use the “Jolly Routine”: act happy and joyful when you see something that you know your dog will fear.
- Do not use physical punishments (yelling, hitting, collar corrections, etc) as this can convince your dog that what he or she is afraid of is even scarier than he first thought, or may cause him to hide his discomfort from you which can lead to what appears to be an unprovoked bite later on.
Contributed by petexpertise
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