There’s a video that’s getting a lot of dog owners talking
lately. If you watch it, you might be angry or shocked at
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In today’s newsletter, we’re going to look at how to
deal with aggression and biting.
Aggression in a dog is frightening. The first time your
once-cute-and-cuddly puppy decides to snap or lunge at
someone in your home, you likely break out in a cold sweat
and start worrying about how much further it could go.
But dealing with those aggressive tendencies doesn’t
always have to be the stressful, almost impossible
situation you fear.
More than 99 percent of all dogs with aggression and
biting tendencies can be trained and handled safely.
You just need to know where to start.
* Getting Past the Fear
A dog that likes to snap at people is scary, and you’re
forgiven for being afraid the first time. But don’t forget
that this is your dog. If you show fear to him, you’re
only going to further those bad behaviors and make it
So, step one in overcoming these bad habits is to take
control of your household and banish fear. You don’t just
need to tell your dog you’re in charge, you need to
believe it and show it.
Much of what a dog communicates is through body language,
and if yours says, “I’m afraid,” he’ll respond
Once you’ve gotten past this point, things can get a lot
easier, but the actual actions you’ll take depend largely
on what specific aggression problems you’re seeing.
* The Aggression and Its Roots
Aggression comes in many forms. A dog doesn’t just wake up
one day and decide he wants to attack anything that moves
(unless there’s something physically or mentally wrong
with him). So you need to pinpoint where all the growling
and snapping is coming from.
* Dog-to-Dog Aggression – If your dog is aggressive toward
other dogs in your home, he likely does not know his role
in the house. He is trying to protect you and his
perceived space. Take control as the alpha leader, and show
him that neither dog has the right to be aggressive.
* Leash Aggression – Leash aggression comes from being
restrained from a target. Teach a dog to overcome this by
forcing him to sit while on a leash within viewing
distance of his source of aggression. Treats and clickers
can help here.
* Stranger Aggression – If your dog is aggressive with
strangers, he might be anxious or unsure of himself. This
comes down to providing a strong, leadership presence and
showing him his place in the house.
* Food Bowl Aggression – Feed your dog in a separate room
from other dogs, and try to reassure him when he is
eating. Food aggression can be hard to solve and is very
dangerous, even with very well-behaved dogs.
If your dog shows food bowl aggression, consider changing
meal times, shifting locations and providing reassurance.
If that doesn’t work, contact a vet to rule out any health
issues that can lead to heightened aggression.
* Random Aggression – A dog that grows aggressive with
minimal notice and without any provocation is extremely
dangerous. It could be a result of sickness or mental
instability, so you’ll want to see your vet immediately.
Each of these is a completely different situation that
requires a different approach, and you need to remember if
your dog’s aggression leads to biting that you can’t
control and it doesn’t fall into any category, you need to
seek out an expert.
A dog is a very dangerous animal if he cannot be
controlled, and local law enforcement will treat him as
Do what you can, but be responsible. If you’re one of the
99 percent of people whose dogs just needs a little
discipline and a clear role in the house, you should be
Just a reminder, if you care about the health of your dog,
and I know you do, seeing as you’re reading this, I suggest
you watch this shocking video about the dog food industry:
Talk to you soon,