Dog Aggression Solutions
Step One: Understand the problem
Aggressive behaviour occurs for many reasons, including fearfulness. If you can understand just why your dog is growling, biting or threatening, then it will be easier to implement a solution.
Step Two: Address the issue
This problem means that owners have to be vigilant and keep all those people and animals that their dog comes into contact with safe. This is top priority. Most owners go out of their way to avoid situations that dogs find threatening but not all encounters can be predicted.
It is wise to have a vet check on a dog that has become aggressive. There are many medical conditions that can cause this behaviour and these should be discussed with your vet.
Your council and/or law courts may have become involved should your dog have attacked. You must let them know what you are doing about the issue.
Lastly you must look after yourself and your dog. Aggressive behaviour is a stressful issue for all concerned.
Step Four: Long-term solutions
Long-term solutions for aggression rely on understanding why the dog is displaying this behaviour.Treatment includes de-sensitising your dog to the object of their aggression. This is not without danger so must be done with extreme care. Training and leadership by the owner is also extremely important.
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Step Three: Short-term management
Using a collar and a lead may be the simplest solution to dog bite prevention. Also never to offer a challenge to a potentially aggressive dog. A challenge can be something as simple as making eye contact.
Anti-aggression devices such as a muzzle will not solve an aggression problem but they will prevent a dog bite happening so may be useful in the short term.
Crossing the street and/or turning and walking in the opposite direction may also help with dogs that are dog aggressive.