Aggression Rehab

  • Aggression is not a natural state of mind for a dog. Our dog trainers in Nashville enjoy working through aggression cases. Their fulfillment is witnessing a happier and calmer dog; free from their troubles. The first thing we need to do in solving your dog’s aggression problem is figure out “why” your dog is reacting aggressively. There are several types of aggressive behavior (see chart below), and most aggression is correctable, however the owners play a big role by following our guidelines and instructions. Some aggressive behavior, such as “predatory aggression” you cannot “solve” because it is directly related to instincts, but you can successfully manage it by showing your dog when it is and isn’t appropriate to use their prey drive.
  • Dog owners in Nashville have already benefited from our programs.

Types of Aggression in Dogs

The most common types of aggression we work through are Fear Aggression, Predatory Aggression, Dog Aggression, and Children Aggression (which is pretty much Fear aggression). A lot of times aggression is misdiagnosed, or someone has put an inappropriate label on it like, “my dog hates other dogs” or “my dog hates people with hats on”. Dogs can’t “hate” or at least that is not why they react. Reasons a dog might react could be possessiveness, fearful, territorial, and some dogs even have a false sense of entitlement. Dogs’ react simply because they can. This is usually a result of lack of leadership in the dog’s life, so he has assigned himself as the decision maker. Honestly VERY few dogs are comfortable doing this, they would much rather be the follower. We are one of very few Dog Trainers throughout Nashville that wok with Aggressive issues.

Type Symptoms Cause Common
Fear Reacts when backed into a corner, reacts when people do something unpredictable, does not like it when people move fast or loud, likes to sneak behind people to bite Poor socialization, lack of socialization Very common
Prey Fixates on animals (usually small), becomes very still when fixating, may drool when fixating Instincts, lack of mental stimulation Common
Territorial Possessive of areas where spends a lot of time Instincts, long periods of time in one area, lack of mental stimulation Common
Dog Acts aggressively toward dogs that seem to pose zero threat Poor socialization, lack of Very socialization common
Children Acts aggressively toward smaller individuals Poor socialization, lack of socialization Common
Human Acts aggressively toward strangers Poor socialization, lack of socialization Common
Possessive Reacts unpredictably toward certain people or dogs that approaches a specific owner Improper sense of entitlement, lack of leadership, lack of mental stimulation Common
Food or Toy Dog becomes very still and stiff when someone or another dog approaches with certain objects Instincts, history with food, lack of leadership Less common
Maternal Mother dog will become aggressive toward anyone or anything approaching her babies Instincts Very common
Pain Dog may bite when faced with pain, dog may act aggressive as a result of bad thyroid or bladder infection Medical issue Very common
Punishment Acts aggressively when expecting punishment Improper punishment from human Less common

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