If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior towards people and other dogs, it is very important that you put a stop to it as soon as possible. The last thing you want is for your dog to end up biting a person or another dog, which is why it is crucial that you take the necessary steps to alter your dog’s behavior right away.
It will be necessary to start desensitizing your dog, but you will want to begin this process slowly so they don’t get overwhelmed. Desensitizing your dog will involve exposing it to dogs and other people. When your dog is calm you will reward it with a treat and verbal praise so it will begin to learn positive behavioral habits. Over time your dog will start to get more accustomed to being around people and other dogs so you will no longer have to worry about it barking, baring its teeth, or even biting. Keep in mind that desensitizing your dog can take weeks or even months, so you will have to be patient with your pet.
When you are desensitizing your dog to people, for example, you will need to do so in a very controlled environment. If your dog always barks at a particular friend of yours, you can have him or her stand at the end of your property at a safe distance until your dog stops barking. Make sure that you reward your dog when it starts to calm down so it knows it is doing something good. Use the “come away” command when you want to get your dog’s attention. If you notice that your dog starts barking at a person or another dog, you can use this command to bring them closer to you and away from whatever it is barking or growling at.
You will need to make sure that each desensitizing session is short but productive. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm your dog with too much in one session, so make sure that you do not exceed 10-15 minutes. Your dog could start to get afraid if you run your sessions too long, which is why it is so important that you do not go over 15 minutes at a time.
A lot of dogs exhibit aggression towards other dogs and people, but it is usually just because they are very protective of their masters. It is important that you work hard with your dog to stop this aggressive behavior so that it doesn’t eventually bite someone. Make sure that you take it slow when you are desensitizing your dog, because you do not want to overwhelm it at all. Keep in mind that it will probably take a while before you start to see real progressive, but it will be well worth the effort in the end. As long as you keep working with your dog, you will start to see results at some point.