Dogs are more than just pets to us. They are our greatest friend, family, and companion. Without a doubt, dogs are naturally close to human beings and show loyalty to their owners. With that, our dogs protect us even to the point of sacrificing themselves for their owners.
In order to achieve a properly behaved pet dog, you have to take care of them like how you would raise your child. It requires your full attention, time, care, and love. Like us, humans, they have feelings too, and they show it depending on their environment.
Every day isn’t full of rainbows and butterflies with your dog. There will be days wherein they’ll show undesirable behavior; however, it does not mean that they aim to bring harm. As owners, you have the power to control your dog’s behavior, mostly when his actions are the least that we expect.
There are several ways to prevent your dog’s unwanted behavior and turn that aggression into an ideal dog’s behavior. Here are easy and simple ways that you can do at home to improve your dog’s behavior:
Housetrain your dog
It is essential to train your dog and teach them discipline. Aside from this house training, your dog has many benefits that follow. It enhances your dog’s mental capacity, strengthens their bodies, and uplifts their mood, which will keep your dog happy and healthy daily. With all these, it will surely benefit you greatly as the owner-a cheerful dog makes the owner happy!
It is also essential to let your dog realize that you do not approve of a particular bad behavior. Whenever your dog displays a bothering behavior, make changes to the environment that might be the cause of the behavior. A training environment from any distractions is what you should create to keep your dog calm.
Determine the triggering factor
Notice what causes your dog’s unwanted behavior. It might be bothering him and keeping him out of focus and uncontrollable. As soon as you determine the triggering factor, train your dog on how to cope with it by giving him a task to swerve his attention.
Create a reward system
As your dog accomplishes your commands and training sessions, never forget to acknowledge his actions and have a rewards system. For example, every time your dog follows your command, reward him with a treat, and give him a light pat on the head.
When your dog reacts violently towards other dogs, firmly hold the leash, then suddenly pull your dog away. This will make them realize that their behavior isn’t acceptable.
Train your dog to identify and react appropriately to your stress signals
Train your dog gradually with each stress signal. Be sure to make an identifiable mark to avoid confusion and always reward your dog for making him motivated and easily identifying every signal.
However, always notice your dog’s reaction, progress, and behavior. If you notice that your dog begins to get anxious and uneasy, stop the session.
Dog to dog encounter
The most effective way to stop your dog’s aggressive behavior is a face to face encounter with other dogs. Whenever you get the chance to encounter a dog, make it an opportunity to train your dog. Regularly doing this will definitely make your dog get used to other dogs' presence, mostly when you start rewarding him for being unaggressive towards others. However, always be cautious and alert when your dog interacts with other dogs; you will want to avoid head-to-head encounters.
These are the simple steps that you could do to stop your dog’s aggressive behavior. Always be patient and remember that your behavior towards your dog could be reflected in them as well. Do your best when training them, but do not overwork your dog. It takes time and effort. You’ll notice the changes and progress as time passes by.