How to prevent and correct the aggressiveness of the dog?

The aggressiveness of the dog is not an end in itself, there are corrective techniques to compensate for this major flaw, but the most important is prevention, where the value of a good education of the dog.

1. Teach him how to stay calm in situations that would cause the hunting instinct.

2 Bring to life the dog with other animals such as kittens, rabbits, hens and prevent it from pursuing birds, even by game. Socialize with subjects belonging to another species is not a definitive thing, but ask an assiduous attendance, and is not a generalizable phenomenon. If a dog and a cat live together in peace, this does not mean that the same dog accepts all cats; It will be assaulting another kitten who enters its territory. Allow it to go after joggers, bikers or cars.

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3 Get your dog in the presence of children and their sounds.
There is no special treatment to treat predatory aggression, but it is possible to intervene by emphasizing the authority of the master on his dog. It is therefore important to teach him the basics of obedience : “Sit!”, “Stay!” and especially “just.” To learn the meaning of “Come on!” to your faithful friend, take it to a large field, away from the road, and let it Frolic to recall as desired; When it executes your order correctly, reward with a treat or a caress.

The first few times, you can use a leash to reel which facilitates recall. If the dog, on the other hand, flees by not obeying, do not insist and does punish it especially not when he returned because it could associate the return with the punishment and, subsequently, not to approach for fear. Quickly make a u-turn and keep you in the opposite direction. the dog in you seeing more, will be taken back to pick you up. Then let him approach, without trying to catch him by the collar, and tell him “sit!” by rewarding it by a treat, and then resume the whole drive.

When your dog will become obedient, recreate the situation that triggered his aggression, in holding at the beginning with a leash retractable in order to restrain him. This type of surgery works when it attacks its prey in the presence of his master.

Another way to correct this behavior is to desensitize and repack the dog : it must submit a prey by associating it with a pleasant activity. You will start by showing your dog a cat, a car or a person in a situation that does not constitute a pattern of aggression (live prey when they sleep at night, cars and people when they are immobile and at a safe distance). If it is relaxed, you récompenserez it by hugging or a treat.

You will do so more approach in addition to the prey (it may be useful to control it keeping it on a leash), or so it is she who will begin to move more and more quickly. If the dog sketch a reaction, you shut with a “no” dry and resume training at the previous stage. To be truly effective, the ‘no’ must precede action to prevent seconds.

Obviously, during the dressage, avoid unexpected events that push the subject to attack. The punishment manages with difficulty to correct this behavior, and to use it should in any event be very clever, because the animal must associate it to the prey and not to his master. You can try throwing a bucket of water on your faithful friend or frightening with a noise when it starts to follow a potential victim.

If the dog associates the unpleasant experience (negative reinforcement) in the pursuit, he resumes. When it reacts well, i.e. whether it stops, to reward it immediately by Petting or treats (positive reinforcement).

The simultaneous use of techniques of systematic desensitization and aversive conditioning to treat predatory aggression requires some experience to get good results and is not free of risk for the master and his dog. So it’s best to go to a veterinary behaviorist, who can also be useful as predatory aggression is sometimes a symptom of certain behavioral pathologies, in particular sensory deprivation syndrome (predation for species with which the dog has not socialized), or hypersensitivity-hyperactivity.