When dealing with dog behavior like dog-to-dog aggression, it is important that you listen to your dog. There are so many reasons why they may act toward one another: fear, stress (because his space is being violated), dominance, protection, curiosity or over-excitement. At times, what we perceive to be aggression may simply be the result of hyper energy, eagerness or natural inquisitiveness.
Therefore, in dog-to-dog aggression cases, it is important that you understand what your dog is feeling, and what he is trying to say. Read below for a couple of tips to help you deal with this dog behavior.
First, you need to be calm and decisive. Dogs are very sensitive to what their human is feeling. Dogs usually picks up on the emotions of their owner and reflects them, except with much more intensity. At times, you might not even be conscious of feeling stressed or nervous, but your dog notices and acts it up. And once your consciously calm yourself down, his behavior also improves. Dog Behavior: Aggression Tip #1
One common mistake when meeting other dogs is to tense up and get fearful or what the dog may do. If you are afraid, your dog will pick up on that fearful feeling, and that will likely trigger an aggressive reaction. Be careful that you do not put undue or continuous tension on the leash. Also, do not pull the dog straight back, as that will likely cause a lounge forward response. To remove your dog, you can pull him to the side and quickly walk him past the other dog.
The next tip to handle this dog behavior is to teach your dog avoidance and simply ignore. For most, avoidance is most effective when you avert your eyes from both dogs, as well as the owner. Keep your eyes forward, and keep walking at a natural pace. In this manner, your dog will learn that, when he sees other dogs, he should avoid and not confront. Dog Behavior: Aggression Tip #2
Be careful that you do not end up crowding your dog while walking. If he feels trapped between you and the other dog, he might think that he has no choice but to react in an aggressive manner. Do not stand still while trying to tug your dog away. Instead, move away and he will come along with you. At the same time, you are also creating space so that he will not feel trapped.
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