Living with an aggressive and untrained dog is not easy. A dog's environment has a major impact on behavior. Dogs usually find ways to occupy themselves in the absence of toys and social interaction.
Dealing with your dog's behavioral issues is never easy. It may stem if dogs are not socialized and trained at an early age.
All dogs, either small or giant, have the potential to show aggression. Aggression in dogs can manifest for many reasons. Many of them are due to environmental aspects. Some of the common reasons for aggressive behavior in dogs are:
• Pain induced aggression: When your dog is sick or is having pain, he may show aggressive behavior.
If you suspect your pet is sick, take him to the vet immediately.
• Fear aggression: This type of aggression is when your dog is fearful. When faced with a dangerous situation, he may become nervous and show aggressive behavior.
• Dominance aggression: Your dog might be aggressive because he's trying to establish dominance.
• Possession aggression: Your dog is protecting his territory or possessions. This kind of behavior is also known as resource guarding. It is usually due to a dog’s obsession with certain objects. Dog's aggression may range from just growling, light biting to a full-on attack.
Here are some common signs of aggression in dogs: Growling, Excessive barking, Baring Teeth, Stiff body posture, Ears pinned back, Nipping and biting
If your dog is showing aggressive behavior, here are a few things that you can do:
• Start training him immediately to keep everyone safe.
• Also, socialize your dog with strangers and other pets.
• Discourage dominant behavior
• Use positive reinforcement techniques. The best way to eradicate aggressive behavior is to reward good behavior.
• You must provide a special bonding time to your dog as well.
• In case of severe aggression, contact a professional dog trainer.
Like many undesirable dog behaviors, destructive habits are born out of boredom. Such behavior usually develops when a dog is bored, lonely, or both.
• Digging: All dogs, specially terriers, are prone to some level of digging. It becomes annoying if your dog digs your yard.
• Jumping: Jumping up is common attention-seeking behavior in dogs. This can be annoying and dangerous, particularly for larger breeds.
• Chewing: Chewing is a natural action for dogs. However, it can become a destructive behavior if the chewing causes destruction.
Some of the common reasons for destructive behavior in dogs are:
• Separation anxiety
• Attention seeking behavior
• High drive
• Dog proof your house
• Give your dog plenty of attention
• Give your dog chew toys and other interactive toys, and rotate in new ones regularly
• Create an area where the dog is allowed to dig
• You can discourage the destructive behavior of your pup by letting him run and play in a fenced yard
• Try to tire out your dog and provide a lot of exercises. Take your dog out for a short walk in the afternoon or evening before they go to bed
• Spend time playing brain games and doing obedience training with them.
You must provide training to your dog to deal with destructive behavior. Make your dog learn some basic obedience commands.
Pro Tip: Remove all distractions whenever you begin training your dog. Also, keep the dangerous things out of the reach of your furry pal.
Dogs learn best by positive reinforcement methods. Your dog's body language shows what is comfortable for your pup and what is not. Punishments and shouting at them will only have negative impacts.
If the training experience is pleasant, your furry friend will love it. If it is uncomfortable, he will show resistance. Make dog training a positive experience filled with praise, treats, and rewards.
Remember that all dogs are not the same. So, what goes ideal for one breed may not work for the other. We all have to be a little more creative.
Remember that there is no easy fix that will rectify the aggressive and destructive behavior of your dog. All you need to do is be to be consistently firm and patient with your dog but not harsh. He will turn out to be a well-behaved companion.