Aggressive Puppy Training:
How To Deal And Prevent Aggressive Behavior In Puppy

Aggressive puppy training may be needed for owners whose puppies developed aggressive patterns in their behavior like excessive barking, biting or fighting among other dogs.

The Cause Of Puppy Aggressiveness

Between three weeks (since their eyes open) and fourteen weeks old, puppies develop connections with both people and animals. Any bad experience or negative external influences during this period can lead to unhealthy habits and behavior issues for your puppy.

More likely than not, dog owners themselves are often the most likely cause for the aggressive behavior of their puppies. The puppies' owner behavior, attitude and the fearful training methods like physical violence, constant reprimands, teasing or not socializing your pup frequently can lead to the development of aggressiveness in your puppy. Puppies also tend to develop this undesirable behavior if they are consistently chained, under-fed or excessively punished.

External influences like negative actions from other dogs (violent barking or physical attacks) can also influence your puppy to copy these aggressive traits.

Although there are some breeds like (Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, etc.) that are more aggressive than others, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the safety of other people and animals. This safety can be easily ensured by developing a friendly behavior and a healthy social attitude of your pet.

Aggressive Puppy Training Tips

Aggressive puppy training will require some efforts to guide your puppy back to the desired behavior as any behavior issue is not something that can be easily change over-night.

Below are some tips and techniques that will help you in preventing and changing the undesirable aggressive behaviors of your puppy.

  • After vaccination, organize some social interaction for your puppy with different people and dogs - these socialization moments would help the puppy become friendlier.

  • Make sure that your puppy doesn’t feel too tensed, frightened or threatened in the house or outside.

  • Be careful and aware while interacting with strangers as they may scare or cause some undesirable behavior while trying to establish communication with your puppy.

  • Be extra careful while training your puppy natural instinct to bite. Encourage and reward only when your dog bites the right object; discourage by simply saying a firm "No" and replace the object with the correct toy or training equipment.

  • One of the most effective ways to help a dog overcome this aggressive behavior is to recognize it early on. Teach your puppy what is unacceptable behavior in the first place, before it develop the habit of snarling and biting your hands or clothes.

  • You may use the “time-out” method as a discouraging method for the undesirable bites (aggressive biting) – call out a firm "No", walk out of the room and close the door for 30 seconds and this will help your puppy understand your expectances.

  • Explain the rules to the members of your family, friends or someone else who plays with your puppy so that the consistency of your aggressive puppy training wouldn’t be affected.

  • When the aggression of your puppy seems to be out of control, find a behavior consultant or get help from the vet clinic (the cause of the aggressive behavior may be some health related problems). There are puppy kinder classes provided by vet clinics, which use professional pet-friendly techniques that are very helpful in aggression puppy training.

  • Though not recommended, aggressive instincts may be reduced by neutering or simply spraying the puppy.

These tips and suggestions can help in developing the right behavior and eliminating aggressive patterns that may develop later. Aggressive puppy training should be a peaceful, full of patience and rewarding process. No harmful, excessive or useless punishments should be used during the training process.

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