7 Ways to Calm an Aggressive Dog

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Age: 8 Months
Tags: Puppy 101, Health

An aggressive dog needs to be calmed down with behavior training and specific techniques. This type of behavior may be dangerous for you and other people, so correcting your dog’s aggressiveness is essential. Barking, biting or showing teeth are clear signs of aggressiveness.

1. Say “No”

As the dog’s owner, you should be the one the dog listens to. Whenever you see he is aggressive, just say a sharp “No” or “Don’t” and ignore him for 5 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, you may use a whistle or a squeaky toy instead of a firm “No”; however you may not always have these instruments at hand, so using your voice is more convenient.

2. Tie the Dog

When your dog becomes aggressive, pull him by the collar and tie him, if he’s not already tied. Don’t allow him to have access to the target of his aggressiveness; so you may either tie him to a door knob or hold his collar tight for a few minutes. This should give your dog the message that he needs to stop.

3. Time Out

Another way to stop aggressive dog behavior is to give him a “time out” punishment when he becomes aggressive. Send him to an isolated place or to his crate and this may calm him down. Make sure that there are no distractions in the time out place.

Apply this punishment immediately after your dog starts being aggressive, so that he knows the reason for the penalty.

4. Treats

Observe what makes your dog aggressive.

If his aggressiveness is triggered by other dogs, give him a treat whenever he meets dogs. Use some comforting words also. Following this routine should create a reflex in your dog and he will be expecting a treat whenever he sees dogs so he will no longer tend to be aggressive.

5. Exercise Exercising on a regular basis has a lot of benefits for your dog. In this manner, he is able to spend his energy, stay fit and healthy. In addition, exercising will burn your dog’s extra energy and he will be less likely to become aggressive. Focusing your dog’s energy towards exercise will calm him and reduce his aggressiveness.

6. Behavior Training

Behavior training is important to reduce or prevent your dog’s aggressiveness.

You need to let your pet know that he should always follow your lead. Establish dominance and show your disapproval of aggressive behavior. Teach him that you are the one who controls his meals, so he should be listening to your commands and “No”s.

7. Things to Not Do

  • Don’t try to correct your dog’s aggressive behavior by hitting or beating him. This will not calm the dog down, but will frustrate him and make him more dangerous.
  • Don’t punish your dog a long time after he has displayed the aggressive behavior; he cannot associate the punishment with his aggressiveness and this will only confuse him.
  • Don’t play tug or games that stimulate aggression with your pet; ropes and pulling things are not the way to keep your dog calm.

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