How to Deal with an Aggressive Dog
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How to Deal with an Aggressive Dog. With proper training, an aggressive dog can
be transformed into a well-behaved companion you’ll love having at your side. You will need A veterinarian Exercise Boundaries
Restraints Patience and a muzzle (optional). Due to the potentially serious consequences
of dog aggression, seek professional guidance. Step 1. Understand that it is a dog’s nature to behave
aggressively out of frustration, fearfulness, and dominance. Step 2. Get an aggressive dog examined by a veterinarian
to eliminate medical reasons for the behavior. Step 3. Exercise your dog regularly to release pent-up
energy and establish a balanced mental state. Muzzle an aggressive dog as a precaution when
taking him out in public and avoid playing tug-of-war games Step 4. Establish yourself as pack leader by making
it clear to the dog that you are the boss, reducing dominance-based aggression. Step 5. Set boundaries, making it clear that it is
not acceptable for your dog to bite hands or clothing. Use a time-out for biting, if necessary. Neuter or spay your dog to reduce dominant,
territorial, possessive, and protection aggression. Step 6. Keep people safe by confining or restricting
your dog until his aggression problem is resolved. With effort and patience, you can bring out
the best in any dog. Did you know Did you know? Behavioral problems account for 50 to 70 percent
of all euthanized dogs.

49 thoughts on “How to Deal with an Aggressive Dog

  1. Stop reciting Cesar, if you're gonna teach us something, try a method that won't stress a dog out, like what you're doing. Also, learn how to put a muzzle on properly before acting as a teacher.

  2. This is not even a thorough BASIC overview of dog aggression… it mentions fear aggression once, which in my observations of all the dogs I've come into contact over the years tends to be more prevalent than dominance aggression. Fear aggression needs to be treated completely differently than dominance aggression, and you can actually do more harm trying to 'dominate' a fearfully aggressive dog than good!

  3. are you kidding me, none of what you said applies to working with reactive dogs. I mean get with the program this is 2013 and learn about behavior….

  4. not really..that's wrong. Cesar millan have his own methods. They works but if you do anything wrong it can make everything even worse. That's why he always says "don't try this at home"or something like that… cause that's not normal methods that everyone shall try as fast they get an aggresive dog.

  5. What awful, misleading and outdated information! Check out Dr. Sophia Yin's excellent videos. Never use a groomers muzzle on and aggressive dog! You will increase it's stress level, driving it nuts and making it more aggressive. Gross.

  6. Last step: Seek advice from someone who REALLY knows a thing or two about a dog's behavior ! ! ! I hope to God nobody will take this stupid advice you're giving here ! ! ! UNBELIEVABLE !

  7. I like this video, and these tactics helped my aggressive dog pass her aggression test at my apartment complex. I also had one-on-one training with a Schutzhund professional. *I* was the one who needed training. *I* needed to understand that my dog had fear aggression. *I* needed to send her to daycare so she could run with the dogs and expend energy. *I* got her a basket muzzle for public wear so *I* wouldn't send her my own fear vibes. *I* had to be pack leader. She ended up a Very Happy Dog.

  8. "Pack leader" and dominence theory is outdated science based on captive wolf packs of unrelated anmals.

    1) dogs are not wolves
    2)wild wolf backs behave differently to those involved and are *family* groups

    Modern animal behavior *science*, and most good trainers who keep up to date with the research and literature, stopped with the dominance theory stuff 30 years ago.

  9. yeah. we must kill the bad fat and belly first to get the 6 pack. Between The surprising part is my friend who is not doing much excercises, maintaining his six pack with this secret food items. have a look here ==> bit.ly/1aiFwYo?=jmxei

  10. Science-based training vs. debunked alpha theory… It is not a debate when non-scientists are arguing against scientists.

    If you think alpha theory or dominance training is relavent to your domesticated dog, you have soooo much reading to do.

  11. Scientists build the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Not all scientists know what they are doing. So are the so called dog behaviorists! And every dog is different. they are not all the same.

  12. My Mimi (a Doberman) had a Dr. Jekil and Mr. Hyde personality. She was a darling with family members and a fiend to outsiders. She was The best watch dog, protector and bodyguard I ever had. RIP Mimi

  13. But what if you found out that your cute li'l fluffy white puppy was really a polar bear which your friend stole from the zoo because you won't be their friend?

  14. The idea there are alpha wolfs in packs was debunked a few decades ago. They work together and share leadership. There have been several studies to prove it.

  15. Total rubbish, every single step is rubbish. As it comes only out of and into idiotic dominance theory. How on earth is possible to become a pack leader of species that never form pack ???!!! Then not surprisingly you are able to see dominance in every move, this called paranoia !!!:)

  16. What a dumb video! LOL! 1:06 timeout? WTF! Dogs aren't kids! They do not understand the concept of timeout you stupid fuck! and spying and neutering does not fix the aggression issues dumbass. A vet must of created this video.

  17. The only thing this video was right about is that you need patience. It's easy to punish a dog and be 'dominant', but properly raising a dog takes months and indeed a lot of patience.

  18. this beautiful German Shepherd looked unhappy and stressed from the beginning to the end  of video.
    Aggression comes usually from fear of being mistreated (again!) Step one: carefully, calmly and gently win the trust of the dog…step two: be loved by him and love him!

  19. So how do I deal with it when I flock of wild aggressive dogs is running after me? They do get their exercise then, but I do not see how that helps me.

  20. Step 1: Draw your legally licensed concealed pistol.

    Step 2: Discharge pistol into the head of aggressor.

    If the owner of the now dead dog attempts to threaten you, repeat Step 2.

  21. my friend has a dog who hates my guts. everytime he scents me or hears me he charges and tries to rip my sun dress or jeans. I can understand why. he was adopted from a shelter, and my friend guesses he was abused judging from the chain marks on his neck and his torn ear. I think he hates me because he was freshly adopted when I pet him a bit too hard on the head. do you know anything I can do?

  22. i find that a snub-nosed .38, wrapped in a towel, Godfather2 style, shut my neighbors dog up for good… Nice doggie!

  23. My trick is, if a dog approaches me and is growling or barking aggressively, I make cat imitations at the dog. Most times the dog settles down.  I find this helpful delivering parcels to a house with an aggressive dog–meowing calms them down.  My first experience was with our family's Corgi named Demi.  She'd growl and show her teeth to warn us to leave her alone; then I'd meow at her and she'd quit the growling and teeth-showing and begin wagging her tail and giving me kisses.  I called this behavior "mushing."  Only my folks tried it when Demi got crabby with them and my technique didn't work for them–I was the only one who could defuse her.

  24. I don't have an aggressive dog, I want to deal with my neighbour's dog. They scare the heck out of me. Whenever I leave outside my house, they be following me and I'll stay at the corner of my other neighbour's house.

  25. Exercise, rules and boundaries, and confining/muzzling the dog in risky situations are all excellent advice, however the role of "dominance" in dog training has been disproven as misinterpretation of an old and flawed study on newly mixed wolf packs in captivity. Treating aggression (which often stems from fear or insecurity) with force often makes the behavior much worse. Many modern trainers now use Systematic Desensitization Counter Conditioning, which gradually gets the animal used to whatever it aggresses at while changing their emotional perception of it from something "bad" to something "good" (check out Ian Dunbar, Pam Dennison, Pat Miller, Jean Donaldson, Emma Parsons, Grisha Stewart, etc). Spaying and neutering has more recently shown to increase the likelihood of aggression and anxiety, especially when performed at an early age, and I would add that vaccines are absolutely implicated in aggressive and fearful behaviors in dogs, so this should be considered as a potential factor in the behavior. (Also noticed that the muzzle was placed on the dog upside-down. Honest mistake I'm sure, but its very important to be aware of proper equipment use for safety reasons when working with aggressive dogs.)

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