Dog aggression towards other dogs is only one of three types. The other 2 types are food aggression and dog to human aggression. In this article, I’m going to give you some practical tips on how to stop dog aggression towards other dogs dead in its tracks!
Determine When Your Canine is Aggressive
Canine aggression is situational. So you have to pay close attention to him to determine when he’s likely to be aggressive. I’m not talking about an excited pooch that races up to everyone and everything, wagging its tail wanting to play. I’m talking about the canine that sees everything as a threat and wants to devour everything in sight regardless of its size.
This is not only frustrating when trying to socialize your four-legged friend, but dangerous when hes’ trying to attack another dog that’s 10 times his size.
How to Stop Dog Aggression Towards Other Dogs
The best way to prevent dog aggression towards other dogs is through early socialization. Take him to the park to play with other pooches. Another option is to take him to obedience training classes as well as cageless doggy day care.
The sooner you get your pup mingling with other pups on a consistent basis, the sooner he’ll learn the ins and outs of acceptable pooch behavior and will feel less threatened by other pooches.
Why Do Canines Get Aggressive?
The reason for dog aggression towards other dogs is fear. Early exposure to other canines will enable your pooch to better assess a real threat from an imagined one.
The beauty of having your canine exposed to others is that your canine will notice that some canines are more timid and some are more aggressive. He’ll learn to judge the other pooches’ reactions and act accordingly. He’ll also learn doggy etiquette. Dogs have good boundaries. They teach each other how to behave.
What to do in Case of a Fight
If your pet gets into a fight with another pet, don’t reach in and try to stop the fight. They’ll likely mistake your limbs for their opponent’s. Your best bet is to cause a distraction. A popular distraction method for ending dog aggression towards dogs is to use a spray bottle. Just fill the bottle with water and squirt the water on them.
How to Prevent Dog Aggression Towards Other Dogs
The best way to prevent dog aggression towards other dogs is to keep your pet on a leash until you’re sure of your surroundings and until you’re sure of his reaction to other pets in the immediate vicinity. You should only let him off the leash when you’re sure all the players are going to get along.
Still, keep a close eye on your four-legged friend. By keeping him on the leash initially, you can easily remove him from harm’s way if another dog looks like it’s going to get aggressive.
Source by Shalisha Alston