Aggressive Dog Training in Denver, CO
It’s not uncommon for dog owners to experience behavioral issues with their dogs. Most family dogs behave in friendly, playful ways when they’re at home and around familiar members of the household, but may display signs of canine aggression against both humans and other dogs in certain situations outside their home environment. Sometimes a dog can show signs of aggression towards other dogs in its own family as well, such as with resource guarding and other behavior problems.
Aggressive behavior in dogs can become a real problem if left unaddressed. If your dog acts up around strangers or even around family members, a private dog training program led by a professional dog trainer can help your canine companion learn to act appropriately in these stressful situations.
If your dog is quick to bark, growl, snap, or even bite, your four-legged friend may have a serious behavioral problem. Aggressive dog training is one of the most important reasons a dog owner will seek the assistance of a professional dog trainer.
A dog owner should be very concerned with aggression in a large dog, working breed, or “bully breed”; however, small dogs are a concern too. In fact, Chihuahuas are regularly ranked by veterinarians as the breed most likely to bite, and Lhaso Apsos inflict the worst bites.
Any breed can become aggressive under the wrong circumstances. While aggressive behavior can’t be resolved in a day, there are things you can do to soften aggressive behavior and keep your dog calm.
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Why Are Dogs Aggressive?
Aggressive behavior in dogs means any behavior preceding or including an attack. Your dog may become very still and rigid, or he or she may growl, bare their teeth, lunge, nip or even bite.
First, you must understand what is triggering your dog’s aggression. Dogs may growl to protect their food or bone. Other dogs may react aggressively towards strangers, children, elderly or disabled people. Dogs can often become aggressive towards other animals, or even towards inanimate objects, such as vehicles, or an unexpected object, such as a flapping tarp.
Furthermore, some dog breeds were actually bred for aggressive behavior. For example, terriers were bred to kill rodents, and breeds such as Rottweilers and Dobermans were bred as guard dogs. And unfortunately, many “bully breeds” were bred to fight and kill other dogs, as well as other animals. These are instincts that can be difficult to overcome. However, owners of these breeds can mitigate problem behavior with our aggressive dog training programs.
Types of Dog Aggression
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How to Control Your Dog’s Aggression
First, make observation notes of the times when your dog is aggressive. The next step is to find ways to manage your dog’s hostility and keep your dog calm. This will take time, patience and consistency; you may also need the advice of a professional dog trainer.
If your dog isn’t normally aggressive but has suddenly developed aggressive behaviors, he or she may have a medical issue. Underlying health problems can cause aggression.
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Benefits of Training for Dogs With Aggression
When using unproven or faulty techniques, some dog owners unknowingly reinforce aggressive behaviors. And since many aggression issues stem from fear or anxiety, a dog with better impulse control is a happier pup!
By working with our experienced professional trainers, using proven training methods, your dog will gain control over aggressive impulses. Benefits of working with us include:
You and your dog want nothing more than to enjoy each other’s company at home and around the neighborhood. Unwanted forms of aggression don’t have to prevent you from enjoying more time together. Professional dog training sessions that focus on behavior modification may be just what your furry friend needs.
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You May Need to Consider Medication
Oftentimes, training is enough to overcome aggression. Some dogs that experience fear or anxiety may not be capable of learning new behaviors, but these dogs are EXTREMELY RARE. Most dogs only need medication short-term. Consult with your veterinarian about medication options.