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My Dog Is Aggressive With His Fellows: What Should I Do?

Aggression between dogs is a common and worrisome problem for many owners. It is important to approach this issue with patience, understanding, and using the right methods to avoid making the situation worse.
Team Jagger.Lewis
Date of publication
April 4, 2023
Aggression between dogs is a common and worrisome problem for many owners. It is important to approach this issue with patience, understanding, and using the right methods to avoid making the situation worse.

A dog that has not been properly socialized as a puppy may be uncomfortable or not know how to behave around other dogs, which can lead to aggression. Aggression can be the result of fear or insecurity. in front of other dogs. Your dog may react aggressively to protect himself or to ward off what he is afraid of.

Desensitization and counterconditioning are training techniques that can help your dog gradually overcome fear or aggression toward other dogs.

Start by exposing your dog to balanced, friendly dogs from a distance, while rewarding him for being calm. Increase proximity to other dogs gradually, always maintaining a positive and stress-free environment for your dog.

Organize controlled socialization sessions with other dogs, ensuring that the environment is safe and that the dogs are compatible. Monitor interactions carefully and intervene if necessary to avoid dangerous situations.

Avoid putting your dog in situations where he is likely to feel stressed or threatened by other dogs, such as dog parks or areas where dogs are allowed to roam freely without a leash. Find quiet and safe places to walk your dog during the rehabilitation phase.

Work with your dog to develop basic obedience skills and strengthen control in the presence of other dogs. Teach him to respond to commands such as “stay” to help you better deal with situations where he might encounter other dogs.

Do not pull on the leash when you see a dog!

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Dogs communicate with each other through body language and posture. By pulling on the leash, you can unintentionally disrupt this communication and send mixed or stressful signals to your dog and the other dog. This can increase your dog's stress and anxiety levels when they encounter another dog. This added stress can worsen unwanted behaviors, such as aggression or fear.

Pulling on the leash can cause a chain reaction, where both dogs feel tension and become more nervous. This can lead to an escalation of aggression or fear between dogs.

If you pull the leash consistently when your dog crosses paths with another dog, you may unintentionally reinforce unwanted behavior. Your dog may associate the presence of other dogs with tension and stress, reinforcing his negative reaction.

You may give your dog the impression that you are losing control of the situation, which can cause your dog to take matters into their own hands and react inappropriately.

Instead of pulling on the leash, it's best to take a relaxed approach when meeting other dogs. If you feel that the encounter will not go well, you can try to distract your dog's attention with treats or toys, or simply change direction.

Managing your dog's aggression toward other dogs can be a challenge, but by using these methods and avoiding violent confrontations, you can gradually help your dog overcome fear and improve interactions with other dogs.

To best help your 4-legged friend, do not hesitate to call on a canine trainer to assess your dog and identify the causes of its aggressiveness. He can provide you with personalized advice.

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