How to socialize an aggressive dog
by Janette Oke
This article is the fifth in a series about the socialization of dogs and their importance in the home. In the first article in the series (August 22, 2012), the importance of socialization is introduced. In the second (September 5, 2012), we look at the value of obedience classes. The third article (September 12, 2012) explains how to socialize a puppy and the fourth (September 19, 2012) looks at the importance of socialization with people of all ages. This article addresses the behavior and needs of an adult dog, who is not in a puppy stage.
Aggressive dogs are often a misunderstood animal. Their very nature makes people believe that they can be unpredictable and dangerous. This could not be further from the truth. Most aggression is learned behavior, which is often the result of neglectful owners or lack of training.
If you live in a community where most dogs are aggressive, you can easily identify this breed of dog when you walk down the street. When dogs are born aggressive, this is often not evident until after the first year of life. However, all dogs who are socialized into their new homes learn that people are important. In the same way, dogs can learn to associate people and other animals with happiness and peace.
As you have learned in previous articles, a puppy who has been properly socialized and raised in a friendly home will become one of the most loving pets. However, many dogs who grow up in homes where they have been mistreated or abused will not respond to people with love and affection. They may also have fear and mistrust issues. This is because they are taught to be fearful and avoid people from the time they are young.
Socializing an aggressive dog
Your dog's first exposure to people should be when he is very young. By the time a dog is eight weeks old, he can be taken from the safety of his home and brought to the park or beach where he can meet other dogs. When he first approaches another dog, the handler should be calm and should not be trying to be friendly. The handler should let the dog approach and smell the other dog. Then, they should both walk away a few feet to allow the dog to smell the new dog again. Once the dog recognizes that the other dog is not a threat, he will start to be friendly and try to play.
When the handler first introduces the new dog to your dog, it should be done with lots of praise and excitement to let the dog know that the new dog is safe and a good friend. This is especially important if your dog has been abused in the past. He should be taught that people and dogs are good friends and that he is safe. This is also important when you have visitors, as they can introduce your dog to the outside world and how to handle people and other dogs.
If your dog is already very aggressive, you can still socialize him to other dogs. This is done by allowing the dog to interact with a dog who has been known to be friendly. The two dogs will slowly approach each other, until the new dog begins to come to the handler. This will help the dog get used to people, as he will learn that people are not dangerous and that he does not have to be afraid of them. The same thing can be done with children. By getting the dog used to the child, he will be less likely to fear the child as well.
The problem with most aggressive dogs is that they grow up to become fearful and have trust issues around people. They are also fearful of other dogs. These fears can be overcome with lots of help and patience. Socializing an aggressive dog involves several steps and a gradual process. You can socialize the dog by playing with him, teaching him that people are not dangerous and by teaching him how to interact with other dogs.
One of the most important steps in socializing an aggressive dog is play. Any time a dog is socialized, the time is best spent playing with him. The dog should be allowed to do most of the playing, so he is not afraid of you. This means that he should be allowed to play tug and wrestle with you. If the dog is afraid of you, you can play ball with him. The handler should take a very gentle approach to this play and never put his body in the way of the dog. The goal is to get your dog to want to play with you.
After play, the next step is to teach the dog tricks. The dog should be taught the tricks gradually and with lots of praise. Tricks are a great way to teach an aggressive dog how to respond to people and other animals. You can teach him to heel, give you a sit or a shake, roll over, play dead, fetch a stick and many other tricks. All of these tricks should be taught with lots of praise and lots of attention. You may have to take a slow approach and practice several times until the dog understands the trick.
After a few days or a week, you can move on to the next step. This is learning how to train the dog in a controlled way. You can teach the dog to heel, give you a sit, or a roll over. You can also teach the dog to come when called, by using a lure. Once he knows how to do the trick, you can teach him to give you a command, such as “sit” or “heel.” You should always be gentle and never force a dog into learning. You should never force a dog to perform a trick or command, no matter how small the trick may seem to you. This is because you can get an aggressive dog who does not like to be around people and other animals to learn these things. This will only reinforce the fear and mistrust that has developed in the dog.
You may notice that you have a very aggressive dog at first. You may even be afraid to go places, or your dog may react by growling and barking at strangers. However, these dogs can also become very friendly and loving when they are properly trained.