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Fixing Aggressive Problems In Dogs!

Side A You are listening to Fixing Aggression Problems in Dogs. Copyright 1999 by Adam G. Katz. Hello, I am Adam G. Katz. Since writing my book, Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer – An Insider’s Guide to the Most Jealously Guarded Dog Training Secrets in History, I’ve had several readers respond that they were interested in learning more about fixing aggression problems in dogs. Now, we cover this topic in the book on page 48, but there are many people who cont acted us saying they wanted additional information and that at the end of the chapter on aggression, we kind of said if you have an aggression problem, it would probably be best if you seek out the help of a professional dog trainer. Well, many of you are professional dog trainers and many of you who are not professional dog trainers, but have a problem with aggression are finding you can actually benefit from more information which is why we’re putting this tape together now. What we found through running South Bay Canine Academy, our dog training company in southern California, was that probably 90 percent of all the clients who come to us with quote unquote aggression problems didn ’t really have true aggression problems. To the untrained eye, it looked like the dog had an aggression problem because if someone approached the dog, the dog would start getting excited and barking, snapping, growling, maybe nipping a little bit, but in many cases with a well-placed and well-timed correction, which we’re going to explain how to do and how to read later on, a good correction and that would be end of it and the dog would never show the aggression again. If you took this approach and corrected the dog in a couple of different circumstances, just a good correction was all you needed to let the dog know. With these dogs it basically, as I mentioned earlier, wasn’t a true aggression problem, it was more of a learned behavior. The dog learned to act this way and because the owner and the dog weren’t on the same page in terms of communicating, the dog kept doing this behavior and didn’t understand that it was an unacceptable behavior. So it was very simply a matter of stepping in, showing the owner how to communicate to the dog that no, this was not acceptable, and the dog would immediately drop the behavior. Now, how this differs from a dog with a true aggression problem, is that we basically do the same thing, and I ’m going to explain some of the subtleties which make our approaches a little bit different for true aggression problems. But the difference is that it takes much longer or it ’s a more drawn-out process where the dog that has just learned the aggression, you can fix this within a day or two and the dog will never show any aggression thereafter.

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screams. If he did. jumps up and down. Reason number two – you and your dog are speaking two different languages. For example. What do I mean by this? Well. Owners often think that this petting will reassure the dog and give him confidence. there are really only one of two possible reasons why he is act ing this . Territorial aggression – territorial aggression is when your dog becomes extremely hostile. yells. something we behaviorists call the alpha dog. too. and will usually only bite if you or someone else who threatens him attempts to place him into what he perceives as a submissive position. and otherwise creates a ruckus when someone approaches what he perceives as his territory. First. insecure. you tell him to sit down and be quiet and he would respect your wishes immediately. In many cases. this dog will mimic the behavior of other dogs simply because they were doing it. He may also bite if you do something to him which threatens his positio n as the pack leader. for example. learned aggression. such as fear or territoriality.fineprint. and territorial aggression. eats chain link fence. regardless of the type of aggression your dog may be displaying. or like the name suggests. He would also respond to you and really want to please you in all other aspects of his life. if there is an older dog who displays aggression. manipulative dog who has learned that displaying certain behaviors will get him the results he is looking for. many people try and pet their dog when their dog shows aggression. Learned aggression – the dog who displays symptoms of learned aggression is a smart. sound dog. I will explain each type of aggression. The most common types are dominant aggression. What’s going on with my dog? There are several different types of aggression. which is usually to get someone excited. is fearful of the world and the situations he cannot understand.So to begin with. even if the older dog’s aggression is motivated by something else. younger dogs will often learn to bark at the approach of strangers during a Sunday walk. what I would like to do is re-read the section on aggression problems in my book for those of you who haven ’t read this section. fear/defensive aggression. Now. Reason number one – your dog does not see you as his pack leader. or defensive aggressive dog is the type of character who bites because he is shy. Dominance aggression – the dominant aggressive dog is generally a sane. and then I’m going to go into detail in terms of how we actually fix what you can do to your dog if your dog is displaying any of these signs. and then tell you the magic secret to fixing your dog’s problem. In PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. For starters. in predominantly most of the true types of aggression that you’ll see are actually either dominant or defensive aggression. Fear/defensive aggression – the fear aggressive. too.

In other words. Dog training. I’m going to briefly go over the three keys you must know to fix canine aggression. here is a part of the book that we’d like to modify.” yes. the type of dog who doesn’t just nip and actually bites deep and hard. if you ’re having aggression problems with your dog. Motivation – most people know about timing and consistency. and that’s because the cop’s ticket had meaning. but unless you really see it. then you need professional help. Make sure everything you do with your dog is motivational. they get pricked by the thorns. So in other words. PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. if you get the feel for it. give him lots of motivational praise to reward him. and hey. Now what do I mean by extreme aggression? This is the type of dog who has possibly already put somebody in the hospital. and thus it was motivational. Have you ever wondered why dogs don ’t jump into rose bushes? Because every time they do. is a lot like learning how to drive an automobile.000? I’d bet you would stop pretty darn quick. inadvertently. She protects the rose bushes by putting thorns in them. be it praise or corrections. Timing – timing is the ability for the dog to associate either a positive or negative outcome in response to his specific behavior. but motivation is what separates the big dogs from the those who sit on the porch and watch. In regards to aggression. Now. Dog training is the same way. Consistency – being consistent means that every time your dog exhibits a specific behavior. But what if that ticket was for $2.fineprint. reinforcing the unwanted behavior. your dog must associate a good motivational correction every time he displays his aggression. and I want to warn you that if you have a dog with a very extreme case of aggression. you really can’t learn how to drive a car by reading a book. As mentioned before. he must get the same response. Now again. I can tell you what to do. which requires stitches and medical attention. What we said was. you probably will need to seek the help of a professional dog trainer. the dog thinks that the owner is telling him “good dog. After a while. in general. you probably wouldn’t be reading this part of the book if you weren’t. Now. and pretty soon you are able to take the car out on the road by yourself. Education is important. to be honest. You need to get behind the wheel with dad in the passenger seat telling you when to put the gas on and when to brake. Being motivational simply means that everything you do must have meaning. this is true. however. you know via the circumstance. but the ticket is only for two . let’s face it. the aggression. it probably is best to seek supervision. it ’s difficult to transfer theory into application. thus. if a cop were to give you a ticket or a correction for speeding. and then when he decides that showing aggression is not in his best interest. especially learning to train a dog with an aggression problem. If this is the case. you have to make the judgment call yourself. is it going to be motivational enough to get you to stop speeding? Of course not. If you know your dog. and this is basically why we are doing this tape.reality. it’s very good to be more aggressive. the dog must understand that displaying aggression will be met with a negative outcome and he must be able to associate this negative with his behavior. mother nature knows how this works very well. In this case. they receive a negative association every time they exhibit this behavior.

So this one trick. Now. right off the bat. most people don’t really have a true aggression problem. again. all of a sudden he feels he is being pulled back on this tight leash. you may want to look upon this information as help in the event that you can’t deal with the problem. at least you’ll know whether or not they are in the right ball park. the dog learns that he really better keep an eye on you and that you’re more of an immediate issue than the person down the street is or the other dog that’s crossing his path ten feet up the sidewalk. what’s going to help in a big way. In many of the other 10 percent of the cases. because you know what . so it ’s kind of like getting into a potential brawl fight and having one arm tied behind your back – you’re going to be more insecure. it’s very. So the dog. or once you learn these techniques if you’re having trouble implementing these techniques. If you have a case where your dog is showing a learned aggression which is not the true form of aggression. The other thing is. I’m going to touch on the two major ones because all of the other forms of aggression are usually somehow related to either dominance or fear -based aggression. are pretty much eliminated by teaching the dog to walk on a loose leash because what happens is if the dog is pulling on a tight leash. very difficult for him to be doing two things at once. be it true aggression or kind of this learned aggression. let’s go through each of the different types of aggression. he feels that the owner is behind him. Actually. let’s take a step back. you’re going to want to review the section in my book on how to correct negative or unwanted behavior on page 224. why are we doing this tape you may ask? Well. will probably eliminate PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. but I think in many cases what I’m about to reveal may really drastically help improve your situation. is to listen to the other tape that was included with your book on how to walk your dog on a loose leash. In fact. What we find is that probably 85-90 percent of all aggression cases. they are more ___ to feel restrained and somehow handicapped. be they learned aggression or true aggression. you can achieve a great amount of r esults by using the following techniques that I’m going to describe. he’s really got to keep his eyes on you. Now. for a more dominant dog. it doesn’t feel good. in 90 percent of all cases that we see. But the main reason you want to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash using the techniques we describe in the other tape is because your dog cannot be aggressive towards somebody else or towards another dog and be watching you at the same time. in addition to that. Now. you do a right about and run the other way and he gets hit at the end of the leash and wham. if you’re running away fast enough and the correction is motivational. he’s got to be watching you because you’re going to take off immediately and run the other way. He can’t be watching another dog or a person walking by and being aggressive at the same time. if you do go out and hire a professional dog trainer. So once the dog is walking on a loose leash and paying 51 percent of his attention on you.Now.fineprint. it is ___ that actually if you ’re using the right technique. so he gets support from that tight line. Also. So what the dog learns is that if you ’re the pack leader. so if anything else like another dog or a person is causing him stress.

and I’ve got to worry about this other person who’s walking up to me or this other . Now. rather. then what happens is he says hey. and at this point we’re going to have to do pretty much two things. However. what I do if I have a dominant aggressive dog. and what I mean by an issue is to really find something that the dog really wants to do. And then I’m going to find an issue. But first I want to talk about dominance aggression. Now. where the dominance issue is going to come out. incorporate the elements in the tape about how to establish yourself as the pack leader. you need to make sure that when you correct the dog. any dominance issue where he’s going to challenge me and try and correct me.85-90 percent of for everyone who is listening to this tape. or a toy – something where you know your dog and you know the type of issues that he ’s going to be dominant about. What the dog’s going to learn is after we’ve had a couple of what we call dominance scuffles. and I ’m going to get into that issue in a couple of minutes. However. if the dog is a fear or defensive/aggressive dog. and the best way to deal with this is again. Now this is more for the fear or defensive/aggressive dog. using the various tips described about becoming the alpha dog. So instead. is in a position where I’m going to win. dominance aggression is basically a dog who is a super dominant dog. then I ’ve just taught the dog that I’m really not the pack leader and I’ve given him more stock in his alpha dog position. or maybe a ball. why should I listen to you? You’re my subordinate and I’ve got to take care of you. the dog is going to learn that if I win every time – it should be like two or three times – the dog’s going to realize that I truly am the pack leader. Number two.fineprint. the other part is a situation once you’ve got the dog working on a loose leash. if I eng age in a dominance issue with the dog and I lose. So number one. there is a point where correcting him is not the right thing to do. the corrections have meaning. and he tries to bite somebody else or he tries to bite you. you need to become the pack leader. for starters. So what would I do if somebody brings me an alpha dog or very dominant dog. you’re obviously not going to be in a position where you can fix the aggression problem. and set up the behavior. is I start with the boot camp routine where the dog is not getting any free privileges and I’m acting like a pack leader. I’m setting myself up as the alpha dog. So it creates a situation where your corrections aren’t going to have any meaning and the logical extension of that is that if your corrections don’t have any meaning. Now. but I’m not going to do it in the context where if I try and dip the ball he can bite me or hurt me or win the confrontation. Number one. Now. I ’m going to take something that the dog really likes – food. and then I might also – back to the PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. what I’m going to do is I’m going to put my pinch collar and my six-foot leash on the dog. and I need to establish myself as the pack leader? Well. So I’m going to give the dog a ball. but still be showing a lot of stress. I want to make sure that any issue that comes up. once you ’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks. so we really set ourselves up in a position to become the alpha dog which is absolutely necessary because if you correct the dog for being aggressive and the dog doesn’t see you as his pack leader. or most of the aggression problems. the aggression problems right off the bat. the dog may be standing on a loose leash and watching you.

dog. And you’ll know that your correction is motivational if the dog shows submission. placing the dog into the down position. So whatever it is. ***** [End of Side A PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. they get into a scuffle what we would probably see as a dog fight. I’m limiting his range of motion and I’m still in a position to correct him. and he stops. usually a very dominant dog doesn ’t want to be put into a submissive position. In fact. and back tie the dog to a tree or a post – something that can’t move. the dog knows hey. I’m going to immediately and simply correct him. Now the idea here is that if the dog should come after me and try and bite me. So I can correct him. and then go out and do some obedience routines. and one dog would eventually submit if the other dog ’s corrections are motivational enough. Now probably. He’s going to growl probably – he’s going to give me a warning or he may change his body language. You want it to be very fast. You don ’t want to get into a tug of war type of situation. that’s the end of it. and at any point where I see that the dog is actually exhibiting some type of a dominant aggressive behavior. and how dare you try and correct me. I pay for your dog food and I pay for your grooming and I give you a place to live and I give you the world. because after all. I’m insulted that you would try and bite me or you would try and correct me. so he can’t hurt me. It happens so immediate and so abrupt and you nip it off. don’t even think about trying that nonsense again. so I can correct him. and he may make his body ver y low on the ground. And when you do it. He’s going to jump around and try and bite me. The way you should give the correction should be very sharp and firm and to the point. I’m safe.fineprint. if you do an exercise like a down. if it’s back-tying the dog or possibly I might be able to work with the dog if the dog is a very serious or dangerous dog. So use that type of an attitude and a really firm correction and you apply that consistently. which means put a second collar on the dog – either a flat collar or a second pinch collar – and a second leash. I’m going to put a muzzle on the dog. try and correct me. and what happens is the dog. or let you have the food. submit because he doesn’t want to deal with the trauma of you correcting him like that and let you have the . But since he’s wearing the muzzle. And this is what the alpha dog in any pack would do. but he can ’t correct me. get him used to wearing a muzzle. but it’s got to be a really good correction. or he ’s going to be in a load of discomfort. What you ’re gonna do is you’re forcing the issue so that later on if an issue comes up. So I’m going to set up the behavior and I’m going to try and take the ball from the dog or take the food or whatever it may be. He may actually even roll over on his back or just basically show a submissive body language. and very often times what we’ll see is that the body language will become very big and tall and the ears will be forward and very stiff. you should really have an attitude like hey. but I still have the pinch collar and the leash on him. It’s got to be the type of correction that the dog knows hey. that’s a submissive position. and he’s going to kind of turn and look at me. if he _____ his backs. like lightning striking – it’s a blast. So you almost shock the dog in a sense.

com . he learns that people are a positive thing. it no longer gets him the results that he wants. we’ll get into the dog on dog aggression. Number one. or whatever the issue may be. So the dog learns that strangers coming up to him means something positive instead of something negative and he’s gonna get fed. What we want to recognize is that the fear aggressive or the defensive aggressive dog is in many cases a bit fearful or insecure. in fact. he’s going to need to get a negative association with showing that aggression which means that he is going to need to be corrected. Now. the second thing is that if we’re going to show the dog that the aggression isn’t rewarded. So every time he shows aggression. the dog can kind of relax and say OK. And secondly. we’re talking about dog to human aggression in these cases right now. you need to become – surprise – a good pack leader for the dog. he ’s a good leader. which is basically instead of forcing the dog to deal immediately with the stress. which is the person moving away or making the stress disappear. the behavior is awarded. because you may find that somebody is feeding him a bit of hot dog and then they reach on top of his head to pet him. but we’ll go around town and we’ll give individuals hot dogs and have them approach the dog and feed the dog. and it works really well. But it takes a lot of time and it really means getting out and going down to Starbuck’s with the dog. we need to establish some confidence in the dog so that he doesn’t have to worry about things. and he starts to snarl or snap. we have to show the dog that showing the aggression no longer works. taking the dog out in public. what we do is we won’t feed the dog dinner.25 minutes of tape] ***** Now. the person backs away. First. So the same advice applies in terms of establishing yourself as the pack leader. how do you do this? Number one. Now. it really depends on PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. So instead of being worried about people approaching him. we need to show him that the aggression is not going to be rewarded. because when you become the pack leader. what the defensive aggressive or the fear aggressive dog has learned is that if he shows aggression. And the best way to do this is really through the dog’s food drive. then that person backs away. won’t feed the dog breakfast. and the dog starts to show a little bit of stress. in kind of a peripheral or roundabout way. So you’re using basically the food drive to compensate for the fear. This is very important. Or if he shows aggression towards anyone – if somebody goes to pet him. you will back away. and again. which over the long run works very well. Now. I can trust him.fineprint. Well. about people walking up to him and petting him or leaning over him. and working with him in different environments having people come up and feed him by hand. we actually replace what the dog perceives as a stress with a positive. Later. Now. we pretty much approach it two ways. it’s going to bring on something negative. the second thing you need to do is that if he still shows some type of aggression. So what we need to do is we need to do pretty much two things. very aggressive dog. and that’s where you need to correct him. Now. for the defensive or fear aggressive dog. he’s going to take care of me. again. a dog that is uncomfortable or tries to bite people as he is approached. So if I have a very.

many cases it ’s virtually impossible to give the dog a motivational correction.your dog’s temperament as to how we correct him. very stressful. And then you can start with having the person pet the dog.” and give a pop on the leash the same way I described in the book. It’s able to deliver a very fast. a muzzle because for the first time in the dog ’s life. quick correction and it’s just highly. Now. What you want to see is if there ’s any defensive aggression. Now. Or if he ’s very. So basically what you ’ve done is you’ve shown him that if he shows that aggression. he’s going to pull back while he’s showing the aggression which means that he really doesn’t want to do it anymore. what I mean is that i f you’re going to pet the dog or if you’re going to do something and the dog gets stressed and he shows a fear or defensive type of aggression.fineprint. if the dog shows any aggression. at that point you really want to kind of back off. they’re not trying to kill me. big rotweiler or a mastiff mix or whatever it may be. and in a little bit closer to the point where they’re standing right next to the dog and the dog learns hey. and then that’s the end of it. actually goes forward to correct you. the benefit of this though is that two or three times and then that’s the end of it. in many cases. if he is showing defensive aggression towards you. another way you can do it is you can put a muzzle on the dog. you’re going to need to correct him again. Now. sharp pop on the leash. if you correct the dog and then he becomes more defensive. he’s going to be getting a really. and again. Now. especially with really big . you’re creating a negative association. Correcting him at this point would make him more aggressive. what can happen in many cases. whereas the dog of this size hasn’t ever had a truly motivational correction and I feel that the texture of the electric collar has a certain specific feel. if he becomes more defensive or more aggressive. highly effective. I’m OK. in these extreme cases. So you’re going to say “no. Why it works is because the correction is really motivational. nothing happens.” and I’m going to give him a very quick and hard correction and then be done with it. really motivational correction. teach him a really strong sit stay. And even with a large pinch collar and the proper technique. what happens often if I’m working with a dog like this with a pinch collar and a leash. because the dog needs to know that you’re the one telling him this is inappropriate behavior. if he goes out to correct you. really your only recourse is to use some electric collar and a muzzle. Now. Now. and the dog learns to be relaxed around people who would normally cause him stress. you’re not going to be able to give the dog enough of a correction because he becomes more of a – takes a defensive posture but it’s more in an offensive context. he needs to be corrected right off the bat. Again. I’m going to say “no. Now. The dog is going to learn you are indisputably the alpha dog. Now. at that point you just kind of stop. because I give a good correction. Usually the way y ou want to do it is a quick. you can have people walk just a little bit closer than they would and then walk away. So at that point you stop and let him relax. Now. so he comes out at you. He’s just a little bit worried. he’s going to get something uncomfortable. I’m starting PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. He’s become very what we call very strong in his defense. and then in a little bit closer and then walk away. have people walk up to him and pet him. Now. everything’s fine. and you need to say “no” first. You want to reach the taunt of sorts and let the dog kind of cool off and relax.

is that it immediately allows me to jump to the top of that broomstick and win the game. they’re going to be cool. Again. I say “no. he’s going to start testing to see who really is the dominant dog. Now. and t hey’ll be cool. so in essence. he corrects me harder. when the younger dog starts hitting puberty. He learns to relax. many people will ask. they ’ll work it out. So I step in and I’m gonna give him confidence. I correct him.fineprint. and what’s going to happen is he’s going to say hey. with it set on a high setting. I don’t want to have any part of this. Now. Then basically the best I can hope for is that I can have the dogs around me. and nothing happens. if you step in and say “no. and then I correct him with the electric collar. because that’s what the dog is basically thinking with the defensive or fear aggression case is that he is very worried that he is fighting for his life. But what I ’m going to do is if I feel that the dogs can’t work it out. and not show the aggression. stepping in and corr ecting the dogs as they show any aggression. He didn’t want to try and kill me. this is an extreme aggression case. So after you do this a number of times with the dog. oh. And again. I ’m going to pet him. if you’ve got two dogs that are becoming very dominant. You cannot make two dogs get along if they don ’t get along already. you have to use your judgment. and I can’t get them to work it out. many times if you have two younger dogs in the house or a younger dog and an older dog. I’ve had two dogs that have been living in the same house and all of a sudden they become aggressive. I correct him harder. hey. I get petted. which is to be relaxed and not have to worry. and what the electric collar does.” and give him the really good correction. Now. this is all he wanted to do. So if I ’m going to pet the dog or I’m going to place him in the down position and the dog really comes after me. what we’re playing with the dog is kind of the broomstick game. If you’re enough of a pack leader. this is simply by establishing yourself as the alpha dog. OK. but as long as I’m around. but again. At that point. at that point. he corrects me harder. In most cases. I’m going to build the dog up. PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. So when I’m around. you’re going to be worse off if you show the aggression than you are if you stay calm. with practice the dog learns that the behavior that’s going to get him what he wants. the aggression is not going to be tolerated. or maybe you’ve got a dog that becomes defensive aggressive towards another dog. So I can correct him so much harde r that it puts it in the context that he says hey. Without seeing the specific dogs. this isn’t so . and the dog learns to substitute the proper behavior. I’m going to show him hey. But here are my general guidelines. So he learns the aggression no longer works for him. and kind of run in opposite directions. is just simply staying calm and being a good dog. you can get them. it’s not enough of a motivational correction to be effective.” both the dogs are going to immediately sit down and stop. the same thing pretty much applies. and instead. Now. Maybe they’re not going to play with each other and maybe they’re just gonna kind of ignore each other. I want to completely go give a motivational correction. I get praised. in terms of dog aggression. shut down. it’s hard to say specifically what you should do. and then he goes completely submissive and he goes and puts his ears back and goes down real low. again.

by the way. There are some dogs I would say forget it. what ’ll happen is. you have to know the other dog in terms of what dogs you’re going to think about introducing together to get them to play with the other dog. if you work the dog around other dogs and the other dogs should. I’m going to step in and correct the dog. I’ve learned that other dogs may attack me. If the dogs are in a one-on-one capacity. So you want to have a situation when you have at least one dog in a kennel run.If I’m not around though. get in. And what’s going to happen is if you have another dog. If the dog starts showing stress and getting up. because that ’s the instigator. the dog’s too old already. Now. Now. the dog learns hey. So the point is that your dog has to know that the correction is coming from you. A nd with this dog. I do not advise taking a dog like this to a dog park. and no way to control the dogs if they should get into a dog fight. He gets corrected back into the down position. and I’m gradually going to work so that the second dog comes in closer and closer to the first dog. this would be in a one-on-one context. you’ll find that your dog has a critical zone where there is a point where the dog all of a sudden becomes tense and aggressive and usually it’s around 15 or 20 feet and what you want to do is put the dog in a down stay. Now. that starts the fight. I’m going to correct him back down. it ’s tricky. I can’t expect to throw the dogs in the backyard and expect them to get along because when you’re gone. But this is really an extreme case and very rare. Again. but if you do this enough. because the dog will think that the electric correction is coming from the other dog. because you’ve got too many dogs off leash. kind of clap your hands and be playful with them to show them how to play with each other. what you’ve got to do is again. always be on leash. is the one who gets the very serious correction. just put him on a down stay real close to your dog. You have to really know your dog. so that you can put the dog on a down stay and it doesn ’t matter if another dog walks . which may be 5 or 6 feet a way – not too close. in many cases what happens is you have a dog that is a fear aggressive dog. it’s a little bit different PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. if I ’m around and I have two dominant dogs or a dominant dog and a defensive dog or even just a dog that doesn’t have aggression problems but the other dog is a bit defensive. and if the dog starts to show any aggression. you’ve got to establish yourself as the pack leader. Now. the dog’s got too extreme of a dog aggression problem and they are never going to be able to play with another dog. I can be around other dogs and nothing happens. Now. all bets are off.fineprint. a dog that says hey. not from the other dog. Now. I’m going to make sure that the dog that starts the aggression. completely dominate the situation. and so it’s going to make the first dog more aggressive towards the second dog. number two. in certain cases you can have a dog that has just learned this kind of dog aggressive behavior and you can have two dogs together and just have them play. too many different temperaments. or both dogs in kennel runs separated so that they can’t get at each other and get into something if you’re not there to take control of the situation. kill the other dog before they kill me. really put a good base of obedience training on the dog. so the best approach is to attack first. Most dogs can be taught to play with most other dogs. You don’t want to use the electric collar in a context like this. Everything is fine. bring the second dog in within the 20-foot radius. with dog aggression.

It’s just a matter of establishing yourself as a pack leader so that you can let the dog know that it’s OK to stay . You can take precautions in case they do get into a scuffle. ***** PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version http://www. So with most cases of dog aggression. everything is fine. You have a second hammer.situation. it’s a fear or it’s a stress-induced type of aggression. you have the leashes on the dogs. You’ve been listening to “How to Fix Aggression Problems in Dogs. until you get comfortable that the dogs are OK interacting with each other. you have a hose. and teach him the proper way to act.fineprint. Katz and the web site dogproblems. you have a bite stick if you need to. This is really in most cases that we see with the dog is going to be fine. and once you show the dog that he can relax and there’s no need to be stressed.” copyright 1999 by Adam G. Thank you for listening.