4. Unchecked Dominance
Dominant dogs naturally promote themselves into the CEO suite unless leaders set rules which keep them in the mailroom. Dominant pups take ownership of the home and yard, claiming all people and pets who live there, all possessions from furniture, food and toys, and any visiting guests. Dominant dogs can become quite protective and territorial if there is not a calm assertive leader who sets boundaries. If your dog jumps up on you, puts his paw or head on you, or sits on you, he is the dominant leader over you, and you are his follower.
Dog Handler with Leader Energy
instinctive - secure - in the moment - relaxed - silent - harmonious with nature - patient - confident - wise
1. Fear and Anxiety
A dog who is anxious, fearful, insecure or nervous has not learned to cope with new and unfamiliar situations. Instead of staying in his happy-go-lucky family Pack Drive, he goes into his fight-or-flight Defense Drive when the firetruck roars by, an off leash dog approaches, or a human gushes over his cuteness.
Nature created animals to adapt by triggering coping mechanisms. Humans need to not block a dog from the success of coping and learning. We also need to fulfill a dog's need for the daily socialization which gives him confidence in our domesticated world.
2. Poorly Timed Affection
It's one thing to reassure our children when they are scared or nervous to help them relax. But our dogs do not internalize the meaning of our words. Instead our loving reassurance is viewed as affection. It serves to reward him for undesired behaviors. It tells him, "We want you to always live with this uncomfortable state of mind."
We will not ask you to love your dog any less, just show you how to smartly time your affection.
Top 6 Causes of Aggressive Dog Behaviors
First Rule Out Any Illness or Injury
"What makes you a pack leader in the dog world is to confront the dog at his highest level of aggression or dominance."
6. An Anxious, Nervous Owner/Handler
A scared, anxious human creates a tense, stressed dog. A calm, assertive human creates a submissive, obedient dog. The good news is that the minute YOU change, your DOG will change. We will help you change!
Create TRUST in a Fearful Dog, RESPECT in a Dominant Dog
We identify and address the usually 3-4 underlying causes for your dog's risky distressing behaviors. A strategy is then developed to help your dog learn new ways to think, react and "live in his own skin" with calm relaxation. You learn to read and manage the early warning signs of your dog's escalating body language and to use prevention instead of intervention.
Do not try to work with an aggressive dog on your own. Schedule a Home Behavior Consult for our help. If a dog is in the red zone/danger zone, he/she may invited for a rehab stay to fast forward transformating in a fresh environment.
When you see two dogs at the dog park who are body slamming, jumping on one another and using their mouths on one other, choose another part of the park for your dog or just leave. This intense roughness is not polite play etiquette but "play fighting."
It usually develops as a ritual between two dogs who are from the same litter or of the same age and grow up together. It serves as a practice for fighting, and can escalate to minor injuries as well as full out vicious battles.
These dogs have probably received a lot of human love during their lives, but their owners have failed to set rules and boundaries for polite play with other dogs. Their play fighting dominance makes these dogs unsafe for other dogs to be around. We will help with a Home Behavior Training Consult.
3. Frustrated Pent-Up Energy from Over-Isolatation and Insufficient Exercise
A big back yard is not heaven for a dog. It's a large bathroom and place to stretch his legs. The yard is an extension of the home's confinement and isolation.
Dogs are very social animals. They need positive physical and mental challenges with a daily walk and regular socialization. They are not meant for solitary confinement. Dogs naturally know how to relate to other dogs. They fall off the wagon when denied the chance to regularly polish their social skills with other dogs, and if their handler becomes tense and stressed when around other dogs.
Very few dogs are naturally aggressive.
Risky behaviors develop when a dog becomes unbalanced.
Dog Handler with Weak Energy
nervous - vocal - pessimistic - angry - frustrated
excited - rushed - pitying - sad - fearful
5. Being Humanized and Coddled
When any animal is treated in a way that is not consistent with his true identity in nature, he becomes unstable and unbalanced, especially if he is denied the company of his own species. A dog is not a teddy bear with a heart beat, but an animal first, a canine second, a breed third, and an individual lastly. He is meant to use his four legs to walk and travel through his territory, to enjoy the company of his pack and his own species, and to be given what is love for dogs -- the safety and security which comes from his leader communicating his place in the pack and how he is supposed to behave at all times.
@DenverDogWhisperer Since 1994