You have brought a puppy home to join your family and after a few weeks you notice a change in the demeanor of the little guy. It might be that he growls if you move toward his bowl or toy or maybe he snaps or nips one of your kids for picking up one of their own toys.
Perhaps you have had your dog for some time and now you are starting to see signs of aggression toward new people entering the home or towards new people when out and about.
It could be an issue with the way your dog reacts when on leash, out on a walk. Maybe towards people or toward other dogs or both.
These are all signs that you may need to work with a behaviorist to modify your dogs behavior. Although different types of aggression exist, fear based aggression is the most common and can start with a mild aversion to certain situations. Dogs may start to show fear or insecurity when they meet new people entering the home, walking past another dog, riding in the car, etc. Some signs to look for are hair standing up, growling, avoiding, or shaking.. How we handle this in the beginning can determine how it will progress or not progress. While human nature tells us to try to nurture the dog and make them feel okay, the results may not be what is hoped for and the aggression can get worse.
Don’t worry! Our certified trainers can assist you in determining if your dog is developing aggressive tendencies and then help to design a course of action to train or retrain your dog to stop it. We will work side by side with you to teach you and your dog a new way to respond to “scary” situations. Through proper training and regular practice you can take what you learn and continue to reinforce the new behaviors until they are ingrained in your dog’s mind.
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