I’ll point something basic out right off the bat. You’ve probably heard it hundreds of times before, but your dog is not human. Too many dog owners make the mistake of thinking that their dog sees the world in the same way they do: He doesn’t.
Dogs learn differently to humans. Specifically, they are very context focused. What I mean by this is that if you teach your dog to sit on your command in the kitchen, he won’t necessarily follow the same command when you’re in the park. You haven’t taught him to. Your dog learned to respond to your instruction in the kitchen, not anywhere else. So, until you start to show your dog that you expect him to sit on command in additional settings, he simply won’t understand what’s expected of him.
Many people try to address the issues they are experiencing with their dogs by sending them away for training with a dog behavior expert. This approach is fundamentally flawed.
Similarly, if you have been the only person to issue commands to your dog, he has associations with you, but not necessarily anyone else. So what does all this mean for aggressive dogs?
If your dog behaves aggressively toward you or members of your family, it is highly likely that he is exhibiting a form of dominance aggression. This essentially means that there is a problem between the dog and the person he is behaving aggressively toward. You need to solve this problem.
Many people try to address the issues they are experiencing with their dogs by sending them away for training with a dog behavior expert. This approach is fundamentally flawed. Here are five reasons why: