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Advice for Aggressive Dog Behaviour
High level aggressive behaviour would include snarling, baring teeth, snapping, barking and biting too.
Aggressive behaviour can be controlled in many ways mostly through positive training methods rather than abusive treatment and punishments.
This could worsen the situation making the dog less responsive to your commands and more stubborn.
One of the things to prevent is for children and even elders from bullying the dog.
A dog that is smacked, hit or pushed around could get aggressive and even get down to biting.
You must advice children to avoid such annoying behaviour and approach the dog in a caring way.
Socialization right from the birth till the puppy is 6 months old is very important to make sure the puppy and later the grown up dog doesn't misbehave and is confident with other people too.
Keeping the dog tethered for safety and yet keeping it amidst others rather than leaving it alone is a good way to bring up the dog well instead of making it nervous and afraid.
Not pampering the dog or giving it food for sometime if it has misbehaved is a good way of showing the dog that it hasn't behaved well.
On the other hand be generous in rewarding good behaviour.
You could give it a treat, pamper it and praise it.
This way it understands that its behaviour has been pleasing and is obliged to show more of it.
One of the keys is to avoid attacking or abusive commands when the dog has taken an aggressive stance.
Similarly avoid making eye contact when the dog is in an aggressive mood.
Making eye contact is like questioning its dominance.
For puppies, to train them against aggressive behaviour, use a firm "No" to control them.
If the puppy doesn't behave, close it behind a room for some time.
Eventually the puppy will listen to your No, to avoid being locked out.
Some dog trainers are very good at balancing the nervousness or fear of the dog with ham treats.
This way whenever the dog comes across triggers for instinctive aggression, it will associate the image of a ham, which will make it feel calmer and less nervous or afraid.
This could happen most when the puppy or dog encounters other dogs or people who scare the puppy.