No dog owner can help to be angry when his dog tears his favorite suit to shreds or when he receives a flurry of complaints from neighbors the dog has bitten. However, what most dog owners fail to take into consideration is that there might be a deep-seated reason for the dog to behave aggressively. It might well be the case that improper or inadequate training on your part is responsible for it to be behaving this way.
A well trained is surely going to be the owner’s pride and neighbor’s envy. On the other hand, an inadequately or improperly trained dog can make your life a living nightmare!
The most common forms of behavioral problems are incessant barking, refusing to obey commands, biting, destroying furniture and other property, scampering or jumping and overall aggressive behavior.
If your dog exhibits one or more of these symptoms, don’t despair. Following these pointers should curb the problem.
1. It is the responsibility of the trainer to instinctively understand the concerns of the dog and impart proper training to raise a well-behaved dog that can be a pleasure to have as company. It is equally important to communicate to your dog what you expect from him and impart apt training in order to curb aggressive and overall ill behavior.
2. Puppies take to training faster than adult dogs. Catch them young! But make sure you share a strong bond and comfort level with your dog before embarking on training.
3. Socializing is a crucial part of training. And for a dog, socialization includes both humans and other dogs. A dog training school or a playground (where dogs are allowed) might help it to mingle with other dogs. Introduce your dog to your friends, family and acquaintances, especially those who also love dogs. Unsocialized dogs have been known to be wary of other beings and prone to hiding under the bed, and worse, biting and attacking, when it feels threatened by the presence of another being. The ease of making your dog a social being depends on its breed. Breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors are naturally social and love the company of humans. Some other breeds like Dobermans and Rottweilers prefer being only with a single master and thus need special training in socialization.
4. Inadequate or no exercise is another very common cause of aggressiveness in dogs. Just as food is not just for the thin, exercise is not for big dogs only. All dogs need the same amount of exercise, though they might vary in the intensity of exercise they are comfortable with. Terrier breeds are very fond of running around while big dogs like Great Danes like strolling slowly. There is no dog which wouldn’t enjoy a good walk in the garden or park. Taking your dog out for a walk is also a great way to establish that very crufial bond between the caregiver and the pet.
5. If you find it beyond yourself to train your dog or correct its behavioral problems, or even as a part of its socialization training, taking recourse to a dog training school might be a good idea. Professional obedience training generally works very well in curbing aggressive or ill behavior in dogs.