How to Control a Dog Aggressive Dog


Big Applause 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 first begin with

Dedicated Dog Training does NOT Fix dog aggressive dogs. We train your dog a system via our dog aggression program which are private dog training lessons where we teach YOU how to manage & control your dog through commands. Your dog is trained to be obedient to the handler (the dog owner, YOU).

Fixing Dog on Dog Aggression

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 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 to Control A Dog Aggressive Dog

If you are like many owners that have dogs that are aggressive towards other dogs, you’ve probably done a lot of research.  Perhaps, you have hired a few dog trainers or dog behaviorists, only to find that your dog is still aggressive.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, you are not alone.

If you’re looking for something different.  If you are seeking different results.  You have to view the problem – your dog’s aggression towards other dogs differently. 

It is not about FIXING or making your dog NATURALLY accepting of other dogs. It is all about controlling & managing your dog’s aggression.

Either your dog is going to control you physically or mentally or you are going to control your dog’s aggression.  This should be the only question.

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.

 Desensitizing or Counter-Conditioning Dog Aggression?

Far too many dog owners of aggressive dogs unwittingly attempt to socialize their dog by repeatedly bringing their dogs right up to other dogs. Often, over the course of time, this usually makes your dog’s aggression worse.

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 heighten your alert. It 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.

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’s aggression.

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 [email protected]

Steps on How to Control a Dog Aggressive Dog

Step #1

Identify the severity and/or threshold of the dog’s aggression. It is not “all or none” dog on dog aggression. There are severity levels and thresholds that need to be identified. In other words, you should have a pretty good indication where (how far? what type of dog gets your dog aggressive? what scenario type? etc…..) This will help you to better control the environment and not push your dog to far too fast.

Step #2

Determine what the best training rewards are for your dog. Like humans, dogs have different levels of interests. It is up to you to find out what your dog likes and use that as a reward, more importantly – play objective that you and him or her can share.

Step #3

Determine what the best training collars and equipment are for your dog. Sometimes just wanting your dog to behave while around other dogs in not enough. We need to have the proper equipment to help our dogs by providing the path of least resistance with clear instructions.

Step #4

Determine what you can change with your dog and what you should work around. Dog training is as much as an art as a science. You have to really understand what your dog is capable of not. Dedicated your time to short-term goals that can build confidence in the long-term.

Step #5

Modify the way that you reside with your dog (this goes a very long way!) Dog behavior and aggression has a lot to do with our relationship with our dog. Sometimes our bond can be not properly balanced.

Step #6

Be Consistent All the time. Dog’s that display aggression often lack direction. They like consistency. It is less of a burden on them. That said, the beginning of making this shift can be a bit challenging.

Step #7

Do not get discouraged if you have to take a few steps backwards in training. Not every day is going to show progress. Regression is part of training. It is how you handle it.

  • Kari Loisel

    He is about 4-5 months old a rescue puppy. when we first got him he would eat his food so fast it was crazy now we got him a bowl made to slow him down so it’s a little better he stills is a crazy fast eater but we hope he will get better. but he’s aggression toward food in general scare us we have young nieces and nephews. We couldn’t feed our other dog when he was out of his Kennel at first now we just say no and he will listen sometimes but it is better than it used to be before he would attack like we couldn’t control him he was trying everything to get to that bowl. if he has something in his mouth his shouldn’t have like a huge fluff from a stuffed animal when we try to get it out of his mouth he snaps and growls and almost bite our daughter if she was so fast. So any advice will really help us.. We know he is a rescue and we do know there were a lot of dogs and only two puppies rescued at the same time. so I know food is a real big thing but some advice we hope will help us. thank you Kari

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