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Aggressive dog: training tips and proper handling


An aggressive dog is almost always an insecure dog who believes that it has to defend itself or its "property". The following upbringing tips will help you how to react to them and how to learn how to handle your brawler correctly. What to do when a dog is so aggressive - Shutterstock / Aree

First, it makes sense to do an analysis of when your aggressive dog appears to be particularly angry. If you know the reasons for the aggression, you can adapt your dog's handling accordingly.

Aggressive dog: research causes

Watch your dog closely in which situations it reacts aggressively. If he growls and yells at you as soon as you approach his toy or food bowl, he wants to protect his resources and is afraid that you will take them away. With so-called leash aggression, dogs become particularly loud and aggressive when they walk on a leash. This may be due to the fact that you yourself are insecure and transfer your nervousness to the dog that senses your mood and believes that it is necessary to defend itself and its family. Frustration may also play a role when an aggressive dog gets angry.

If all of this is out of the question or if your dog behaves aggressively for no reason, there may be an anxiety disorder behind it. An aggressive dog may have experienced something traumatizing for him that has solidified and become independent. Especially in shelter dogs, the causes of fear and behavioral problems are not always clear and make handling more difficult. In this case, you should seek the help of an animal psychologist. However, check with the veterinarian beforehand whether your dog may want to mask pain or physical discomfort through his aggressive behavior.

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Dealing with an aggressive dog: impart safety

An aggressive dog is almost always convinced that he has to defend himself or something. Whether fear, stress or frustration is behind it, the result is always uncertainty for him. Some dogs go on the defensive in case of uncertainty, hide or seek protection. Others consider attack the best defense. When dealing with aggressive dogs, this means that you yourself should exude safety, calm and serenity.

You should never yell at your brawler, pull on a leash, or punish him for his behavior. Then he only becomes more insecure and wants to defend himself even more. Instead, try to build trust between you and your dog and establish a stable human-dog friendship. For example, you can practice with a towline so that your dog is not unsettled by a leash that is too tight. If you don't think you can do it alone, or don't know where to start, take your dog to a dog trainer, animal psychologist, or problem dog therapist who can help you with the upbringing and training.