How do you stop aggression?
My 1-year-old boxer has been showing some aggression lately. He has been aggressive to anyone that comes to the house, especially children and dogs. We don't know what to do. I am scared that the problem will escalate and become worst, to a point that this aggression can turn to my kids and other dogs. I am hoping someone can help. PS: His aggression is not biting. He has never bit anyone, but will jump and pin down people or dogs while growling nonstop, and won't listen to us.
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Boy talk about a day late and a dollar short. When you don't know how to manage a clearly out of control dog you hire a trainer. The sooner the better. Because aggression is so complex, and because the potential consequences are so serious, don't mess around. You are beyond a do it yourself solution. You owe it to your dog to get professional in-home help from an animal behavior specialist when your dog is displaying aggressive behavior. Your local Humane Society or your Vet should have a list of trainers in your area. Good luck!
Merlyn answered on 5/21/12. Helpful? / 0
He is a teenager, so now is the time to go back to basic training. Every day you must work on every cue/command. Sit, stay, down, come, heel, etc.
When someone comes over, leash him & have him sit to greet. If he does not sit, then crate him or put him in another room. Once he is calm, he is allowed to greet.
It is better to teach a dog to DO something rather than teaching him NOT to DO something.
You have reason to be concerned, but the issue can be resolved through diligence & back to basics training.
I agree with the poster on hiring a behaviorist like myself. First things first, is this dog walked daily? How about twice daily? Boxer's are high energy dogs and not catering to his natural needs such as draining energy, can cause such things as aggression ESPECIALLY if after you get him off of his pinned prey you give him affection and soothing tones. You are in fact enforcing that behavior. DO NOT CRATE your dog if he doesn't sit for guests as the other poster stated. Dogs are social creatures and you would then be denying him another natural need which will indeed worsen your situation. By all means don't ignore it, put him on a slip-leash and give him a correction before the behavior starts. Be preemptive and anticipate the behavior and get him back under control. Hire that behaviorist to show you how, if he has already pinned his prey it is too late for correction he is in a primal state and of course he won't listen to you.
Maggie Mae answered on 5/22/12. Helpful? / 0