By Jerry Akinluyi (Episode 8)
Is your dog aggressive? Are you afraid to take your dog out for walks because it might attack other dogs, people, or children? Your worries can stop here. In today’s article, I will talk about how to stop aggressive behaviour in dog(s)
Few days ago, I spoke with Mr. Odiah Abraham the father of the four-year-old boy(Omonigho) that was brutally attacked by his neighbour’s dogs. After talking to him for some minutes, I decided to talk with the dog owner too to balance the story and hear his own side, I will not share the outcome of our conversation on print because the case is in court.
Is your dog aggressive? Are you afraid to take your dog out for walks because it might attack other dogs, people, or children? Your worries can stop here. In today’s article, I will talk about how to stop aggressive behaviour in dog(s) so that another ugly incident won’t happen.
Dog aggression is a major dog problem for owners. I want to help you understand the causes of dog aggression, so you can overcome this dog problem. Dog aggression stems from the dog’s frustration and dominance. The dog’s frustration comes from a lack of dog exercise, and the dog’s dominance comes from a lack of calm-assertive leadership.
I often hear people incorrectly blaming the breed. Any breed can cause trouble. The difference between an aggressive Rottweiler and an aggressive German Shepard is that the bigger breeds can cause proportionately bigger damage.
Have a role model for your dog! If your dog doesn’t know how to calmly meet a dog, make a scenario for your dog. Have two calm dogs meet each other and make your dog watch how they greet each other calmly by sniffing each other, etc. instead of attacking. Do the same with a calm dog and a person. This is a good way to show your dog what behaviour is good behaviour.
Bad dog behavior and dog problems are not premeditated. Bad things happen when powerful breeds (or mixes of powerful breeds) live with humans who like the breed but don’t understand and fulfill the animal in the dog. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. This is a recipe for disaster.
For many fear and aggressive dogs, it is lack of adequate dog exercise that is the root of the dog problem behavior. Dog exercise burns the dog’s excess energy and helps maintain the dog’s healthy state of mind. This is important because, in order to talk to the mind, you need to remove the energy from the body.
To control a powerful breed of dog, you need to become the dog’s pack leader and establish rules, boundaries, and limitations. You need to fulfill the dog as Nature intended the dog to be fulfilled. If you are considering adopting a powerful breed, make sure you are willing and able to take on the responsibility.
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