Dog Aggression Training, How To Help Your Dog

Dog aggression and how we train your furry companion is a balance of learning new skills before facing your dog’s difficult spots. This process changes how you both think and behave when confronted by a trigger of your dog’s aggression. How does this happen?

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Dogs favor episodic learning which is our specialty. We theorize that canine memory is a bit like little movies or match the picture games. Dog memory is cued by sights, sounds, smells, touch and perhaps taste.

Put simply, by gradually modifying scenarios (episodes), your dog’s perception or understanding of the situation starts to shift. This internal transformation influences your dog’s behavior in various situations. The method is grounded in the concept of cognitive reframing.

With decades of experience and a Master’s of Science to boot, behavioral science is our thing, and we are ready and able to help your pup.

We study animal behavior

We have studied all kinds of animals and the wild ones have taught us more about dog aggression then any dog certification ever could. Watch this great video that not only compares animal behavior but, shows us that the canine is not always the problem.

Our lead dog is a member of the Broomfield Wildlife Masters and Coyote Crew to learn, experience and help our neighbors. It is important to keep learning from as many sources as you can. This makes us better at helping you and your dog.

Types of Dog Aggression

Understanding and leading your dog correctly eliminates most if not all situations like these.

Keep in mind any dog can become aggressive. We recommend you learn about aggression in dogs, and it is a part of our dog obedience program: Tier One dog training.

What does this all imply? Numerous sources list dog aggression types and triggers, yet they often overlook the root cause of such aggression. It’s the perception, not the trigger, that’s the real issue.

As a result, our training approach is distinct; we concentrate solely on the causes of aggressive behavior in dogs.

Were you aware that there are seven primary forms of dog aggression?

four primary categories of canine aggression.

We do like to simplify things so; we have four primary categories of canine aggression.

  • Predatory aggression often referred to as drive. Working dogs are the best example for this designation.
  • Dog aggression based on anxiety. Your dog has a condition called anxiety and uses aggression as an avoidance mechanism or coping skill.
  • Angry dog, this is commonly the cause of nice dogs that would never bit proving you wrong and biting a child, another dog or whatever has pushed them over the limit. Dog’s will warn you but, you have to listen.
  • Dog Aggression caused by illness of injury.

Dog Behavior Training is Not the Same as Dog Obedience Training

Dog Behavior training does not focus on dog obedience. Dog behavioral training focuses on psychological challenges that get in the way of dog obedience training. Both tools have one thing in common they are based on small changes over time. This is called shaping behavior in the dog world and the in the field of behavioral sciences. We call these small victories. Our four categories of dog aggression is a simple place to start.

The tools for resolving each cause of dog aggression have very important differences. Knowing this allows us to put your dog training focus and time on what your dog needs the most.

Where We Begin

We begin with an assessment of your team and identify the skills that we need to teach you and your dog. This process starts to change your thinking. Yes, we love to make your dog think. Research supports the idea that getting your dog thinking.

  • Improves quality of life more then any other activity
  • Makes training your dog more effective in less time.
  • Might be the most entertaining thing you and your dog will learn since it unlocks your dog true potential.

Sessions are designed to place you and your pup in situations that test your skill and allow us to get to know you in different circumstances. This process is necessary in order for us to design the correct training plan that is just for you and your dog. Even if you have two male Aussie shepherds you will notice they are individuals that react differently even in the same situation.

Avoid taking aggressive or anxious dogs on traditional “walks.” Instead, we recommend exploration in suitable environments where your dog can sniff, enjoy the world, and relax. These should be different from the locations you typically use for walks. This approach is informed by memory research, which suggests that implicit memory can significantly influence behavior.

While common dog training techniques often utilize a single environment, it’s beneficial to start with one isolated area to learn and practice new skills. However, it’s also important to identify at least three new locations that cater to your dog’s stress levels. Once established, you can transition from your home base to the most suitable location.

Distracting the dog is not a solution.

You cannot learn anything new by distracting yourself and avoiding the situation, and the same applies to your dog. Contrary to popular dog training advice, a trained behavioral scientist would not recommend distraction. If you cannot control your dog in a certain situation, take mental note of the context, as it indicates a flaw in your training plan.

Dog anxiety is a prevalent cause of aggression, and while these techniques are applicable to dog anxiety training, they are even more crucial. Understanding psychological research on learning, anxiety, and exposure therapy will provide a clearer insight into this assertion, beyond the common dog training literature found on Google.

Just Another Dog Trainer?

Far from being just another dog trainer, our techniques are proven to yield more effective results in a shorter period, grounded in the science of behavior. While we have completed numerous dog training certification programs and consistently stay abreast of canine research, our emphasis on the extensive body of behavioral work provides us with a distinctive advantage.

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