Preventing and Managing NJ Dog Aggression

Some dog owners in NJ do not realize the methods or are scared of dealing with their dogs aggressive behavior. It is important to know that you and your dog will have a much better relationship if you know how to properly control their temper. The more information we can gather about our dogs the better we can improve their existence and their behavior.

When it comes to aggression there are two very distinctive kinds: Self-Protective Aggression and Territorial Aggression. To give you a better understanding of the two let’s go over what each one encompasses.

1. Self-Protective Aggression: This happens when a dog shows aggression towards strangers, such as other dogs or people, who come into their personal space, such as inside the home or when walking away from the home. Some people may confuse this with territorial aggression, it is more self-serving and fear-based. This kind of behavior can be seen early. A puppy may be approached by a well intentioned person, but he/she may misread that as a predatory approach. This is a common form of aggression. Puppies and adult dogs generally look to their people for reassurance, but many owners are not trained for that specific reaction. Basic dog training should be able to teach dog owners how to listen to their dogs behavior.

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2. Territorial Aggression: A dogs home is his kingdom. It is the place where they can feel safe, nurtured and protected. The area outside the home is considered part of a dogs territory and are prone to alert all activities surrounding that territory. If your dog is barking and running around the territory that is simply because he/she has taken on the task of boarder patrol and is responding to the attentions of their people. By yelling at your dog while he/she is doing that they will translate that into barking and think that you are backing them up. By trying to grab or chase your dog you will heighten his awareness to the alarm and guarantee a repeat performance, which will often escalate the intensity. Therefore a more pronounced aggressive display will happen.

So how do you deal with the types of aggression that your dog might display. First of all you must show empathy, recognize that your dog is a feeling, thinking, responsive being that will react in a predictable way due to the genetic programming and human reinforcement.

Next you need to because the authority figure and teach them human language. Once you’ve begun that journey every effort must be made to expose and link more positive reactions to overwhelming situations.

The good news about all of this is that it is easy to train many dogs to look at their person for understanding in the situation. By having a reassuring authority figure it helps the dogs to remain relaxed and well mannered.