Do not ask an aggressive dog to sit

What could possibly be wrong with asking a dog to sit? As with any training topic, there are many competing strategies out there, but I urge you to think about the psychology of anxiety and aggression. If an animal is not hunting for food (one form of aggression) and they show aggression towards another animal it is almost exclusively as a result o...
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How to stop your dog from barking at the doorbell

If your dog barks at the doorbell, the vacuum cleaner, noises in the hallway or other events in his environment, then you should work on desensitizing him to those noises. There are many reasons why it is important to work on barking problems including neighbor complaints, repeated anxiety for your dog, and the fact that barking is often a beginning indicator of territorial aggression. You can also read my post on barking out of the window or behind a door or fence, which can lead to barrier frustration.

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Why are dogs afraid of certain people

I frequently work with fearful or aggressive dogs. They are grouped into the same category because aggression always has a fear component unless an animal is hunting for food. Fear aggression manifests itself in warnings to tell the other dog or person to stay away. A bite is a more intense warning if the other warnings, such as growling, go unheeded.

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Causes and treatment of dog on leash aggression

Barrier Frustration can occur if a dog is behind a window, fence, or on leash and is not allowed to interact with the environment. After a while, she may get frustrated and aggressive. One indicator of Barrier Frustration having a part in aggression is if a dog barks behind barriers and is calm around dogs when off-leash, but is very aggressive behind a barrier or on-leash. Dogs, of course, can also show aggression no matter how much they are being contained as well.

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Jeff Millman
Mary and Josh, thanks for your comments. My feeling about throwing a blanket over a dog that is barking is that it might solve the... Read More
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:29
Jeff Millman
Glad you found the article helpful. Lowering your dog's anxiety whenever possible can help immensely. This includes boredom. Good ... Read More
Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:07
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