How to Control a Dog Aggressive Dog

dog barkingCongrats on your first step in finding the answer of how to control a dog aggressive dog? Although you may be here because you’re a dog enthusiast, you’re probably here because you have a dog aggressive dog. Either way, we’re here to help!

Let’s start off by quickly establishing and understanding what is not the easiest for your average pet dog owner to relate to:

Dedicated Dog Training does NOT Fix dog aggressive dogs. We train your dog a system via our dog boarding and training program or private dog training lessons and then teach you that system. Your dog is trained to be obedient to the handler (the dog owner, YOU). If you’re looking for a dog trainer that is going to take your TRULY dog aggressive dog and FIX him or her to like other dogs outside of your presence and command – we’re are not the dog training venue for you. Frankly, contrary to what you may have been told or believe – no dog trainer is going to make this happen. Here’s what they mean with FIXING dog aggression (fixed or controlled?).

Advice on How Control A Dog Aggressive Dog

With an understanding that there is SO much information that you’ve already received via:

  • your friends
  • your co-workers
  • your neighbors
  • strangers
  • other dog trainers or animal behaviorists
  • the internet
  • magazines
  • books

we’d like to tell you that it all boils down to:

  • Either your dog is going to control you physical and mentally or
  • You’re going to control your dog!

That’s it!

The BEST advice we can give on how to control a dog aggressive dog is to FIRST think in terms of “CONTROLLING” your dog’s aggression, NOT having him LIKE other dogs.

Far too many dog owners that own dog aggressive dogs unwittingly attempt to socialize their dog by repeatedly bringing their dogs right up to other dogs. This usually makes your dog’s aggression WORSE over the course of time.

Many times our clients get this advice from friends and family, but when you give some thought to it, you’re making your dog more nervous & anxious. Imagine your friends forcing you to go to and stay in the presence of someone that you despise or are afraid of. How uncomfortable or bothered would that make you? Your defense mechanism will be on alert. It is really is the same with dogs when you think about it. Your job is to NOT have your TRULY dog aggressive dog LIKE other dogs; it is to have them IGNORE other dogs and pay attention to YOU.

Steps on How to Control a Dog Aggressive Dog

Step #1

Identify the severity and/or threshold of the dog’s aggression

Step #2

Determine what the best training rewards are for your dog

Step #3

Determine what the best training collars and equipment are for your dog

Step #4

Determine what you can change with your dog and what you should work around

Step #5

Modify the way that you reside with your dog (this goes a very long way!)

Step #6

Be Consistent All the time

Step #7

Realize that rewards and corrections MUST play a role in your dog’s training & you MUST be engaged with your dog.

Understand that our training system of how to control a dog aggressive dog relies on owner participation. You have to be present to “control” your dog’s aggression towards other dogs. Your dog will probably not be non-aggressive or suddenly LIKE other dogs.

The main objective should be for you to be able navigate your dog around other dogs with minimal to no outbursts. This is done by controlling your dog.

Need Help Controlling Your Dog Aggressive Dog?

If you need help on how to control a dog aggressive dog please feel free to connect with Dedicated Dog Training! We have been helping the active aggressive dog owner for many years. With our help and your commitment to your dog’s welfare we can make a difference together.


We can be reached at (516) 512-9111 or emailed directly at Info@dedicateddogtraining.com

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