“Can my dog’s aggression be fixed?” Dog aggression can come in the form of aggression towards other dogs, people or food. The answer to the question is: “it depends.” It depends on the severity of the issue, the length of time elapsed and the dogs prior history. If any trainer tells you they can 100% fix aggression, be wary.
Just like some humans will always be aggressive, so will dogs. The key is managing the aggression through training, consistency and being prepared. If your dog displays any aggressiveness toward other dogs or humans, do not allow them to be off lead in public. We have received countless calls similar to this, “He really is a lovely boy, but he’s bitten other dogs. He just wants to run up and have a sniff. I don’t know why other dog owners get upset with me.” If your dog has a bite history, it is your responsibility to have them under control at all times.
The first step in behaviour modification with aggressive dogs involves ensuring the owner(s) understand their role in the process. No amount of training will assist with forward progress if there is not consistency inside and outside the home. The owner plays a crucial role in this process.
Dogs can display aggressiveness if they are not getting enough exercise, as the energy has to get out somehow. If a dog is not socialised or is in an uncomfortable living space, aggressive behavior can be displayed. If your dog rules your house and does not know its place, chances are the dog is behaving badly.
Our behavioural modification programmes (Dog Aggression Lessons or Aggression Board and Train) start with structured obedience, then focus on the problem area. Make sure you are working with a Certified Trainer with experience in the field and who can show you their work. There are lots of good trainers out there, but not all of them are qualified to work with aggression or reactivity.
The YouTube video of Chester, shows an aggressive dog, court ordered to wear a muzzle. This video shows the difference dog training can make. Chester’s owners have been given guidance how to continue to work with him. Chester now has a clear understanding of obedience and what is acceptable and not acceptable.
If you have an aggressive dog (people aggression, dog aggression, food aggression, etc) and you want to help make him/her better, contact us to get started. Send us an email or contact us at 020 3890 3400.