Aggressive Dog Training
Can Aggression Be Fixed?
There are some trainers out there that will not work with an aggressive dog. They may not be equipped to handle such a serious behavior issue, but there are some trainers who believe that aggression is basically “incurable”, like it’s a form of cancer. Because of its severity and the risks of an aggressive dog, it can take a lot of time, work, and patience. But to compare or talk about a behavioral problem, such as aggression, like it’s a terminal illness is ludicrous
At Shoreline Dog Training, we have created an aggressive dog training program to help dogs overcome this issue. We will always make sure your dog is checked out at the vet, so that there are no medical issues causing the aggressive behavior. We have worked with hundreds of aggressive dogs and they have found great success! Change is absolutely possible, even with an aggressive dog!
Why Is My Dog Aggressive?
Often times when our dog trainer meets with the owner of an aggressive dog, there is speculation on the dog’s history. The phrases, “I think he/she was abused before.”, or “SOMETHING must have happened to him/her before we adopted them!”, tend to be commonplace at our initial in-home consultations. While your dog’s mysterious (or in some cases, not so mysterious) past life might give us some insight, it is ultimately not necessary to know.
What is important to understand is your dog’s current behavior and what is triggering them. Our trainer will help you identify the catalysts to your dog’s aggression, and we’ll work on desensitizing them through calming exercises and advanced obedience training. We will not flood your dog with this stimuli, but make it a gradual process so that we do not set your dog up for failure or a potential incident.
How Do You Fix Aggression?
This depends on your dog’s specific type of aggression, and the first step is for our trainer to become familiar with you, your dog, your lifestyle, and the source of the aggression. Aggressive dogs are often suffering from some form of anxiety, which leads to aggression. For many scared or anxious dogs, they can follow either the “flight or fight” instinct. With an aggressive dog, they are choosing “fight”, and we have to guide them to a better alternative. To help them reach this point, we work on confidence-building exercises, establish security for the dog (through “places” or crates), and help owners be a confident leader that their dog is ready to follow!
What Kind of Aggressive Behavior Do You Work With?
Here is a list of some of the types of aggression we have worked with and overcame:
- Dog aggression
- Human aggression
- Child/baby aggression
- Territorial aggression
- Food aggression/resource guarding
- Toy aggression
- Fear aggression
- Leash aggression
If I Call You, Will You Suggest Euthanasia For My Dog?
No matter how bad or crazy your dog’s aggression may seem, we will NEVER suggest euthanasia. We’ve worked with owners who have had family or other trainers recommend this, but after working with us, these dogs have found positive change and are still around and now happier in their homes! We will exhaust every possibility there is to help your dog battle this behavioral issue, and you will always be consulted before trying anything different.
Don’t give up on your dog…change is possible, even for aggressive dogs! Call us at 800.649.7297, or e-mail us.