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How to Deal with an Aggressive Dog

With proper training, an aggressive dog can be transformed into a well-behaved companion you'll love having at your side.


  • : Due to the potentially serious consequences of dog aggression, seek professional guidance.
  • Step 1: Understand your dog Understand that it is a dog's nature to behave aggressively out of frustration, fearfulness, and dominance.
  • Step 2: Rule out medical causes Get an aggressive dog examined by a veterinarian to eliminate medical reasons for the behavior.
  • Step 3: Exercise your dog Exercise your dog regularly to release pent-up energy and establish a balanced mental state.
  • TIP: Muzzle an aggressive dog as a precaution when taking him out in public and avoid playing tug-of-war games
  • Step 4: Establish pack order Establish yourself as pack leader by making it clear to the dog that you are the boss, reducing dominance-based aggression.
  • Step 5: Set boundaries Set boundaries, making it clear that it is not acceptable for your dog to bite hands or clothing. Use a time-out for biting, if necessary.
  • TIP: Neuter or spay your dog to reduce dominant, territorial, possessive, and protection aggression.
  • Step 6: Keep people safe Keep people safe by confining or restricting your dog until his aggression problem is resolved. With effort and patience, you can bring out the best in any dog.
  • FACT: Did you know? Behavioral problems account for 50 to 70 percent of all euthanized dogs.

You Will Need

  • A veterinarian
  • Exercise
  • Boundaries
  • Restraints
  • Patience
  • A muzzle (optional)

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