Aggressive Dog Training Program

Aggressive Dog Training- How Can We Help?

When a dog owner has a dog with an aggressive behavior problem, they often ask “why.” Why is my dog behaving this way? What are the reasons for this behavior? There are potentially many reasons for this behavior to occur, especially if the dogs background is unknown.

There are a laundry list of reasons why a dog may act aggressive. For example, if a dog is traumatized during a crucial development period. Fear can also play a huge role in dog aggression, dogs will go into the “fight or flight” mode when they feel threatened. Dogs may also learn bad habits when they are young, like playing too rough/dominate, this can result in aggressive behavior when they mature.

Dog behavior, similar to human behavior, is induced by several influences. Experiences that have resulted in negative memories, a dominate canine personality, and the absence of communication and trust between a dog and his owner can also be causes behind the development of aggressive behavior.

There are several forms of aggression:

  • Human aggression
  • Dog aggression
  • Sibling aggression
  • Food aggression (resource guarding)
  • Maternal aggression
  • Territorial aggression
  • Fear aggression

Although knowing a dog’s past can be interesting and helpful, it is usually not necessary. The most important thing is to understand the dog’s current situation, and what exactly is influencing the aggressive behavior.

Is overcoming dog aggression possible?

Dog aggression is something that cannot and should not be “managed”. There is almost always a way to resolve a dogs aggressive behavior. James River Dog Training is committed to resolving aggressive dog behavior. Other trainers may talk with you on the phone, and try to make a diagnosis that way. We wont ever do that, we must always meet with you and your dog for an initial consultation before making any suggestions on how to tackle the situation.

The initial consultation is crucial especially when working with aggressive dogs, mostly because a dog’s behavior is always a direct result of so many different influences in his life. If we were to try to address the dogs aggression issues without addressing the rest of his behavior, it would be completely ineffective. Perhaps it would fix the problem for a short period of time, but it would not produce any lasting results. This is why taking the time to become familiar with the many influences in yours dogs life is so important.

If you’re ready to get started, give us a call at 804.412.6003, or email us using our contact form. We are more than happy to talk with you about your dog’s aggressive behavior!