Solving Canine Redirected Aggression
In a recent post we discussed what the term redirected aggression means, and how it manifests in canine companions. Pet parents of dogs with aggressive tenancies often ask whether or not a canine companion can ever be “cured” of these behaviors. While there is no cure for redirected aggression in animals, there are many steps that pet owners can take to alleviate and modify their furry friend’s behavior.
Many animal behavior experts believe that through the proper training and behavior modification techniques, the incident frequency of some types of aggression can be reduced and sometimes even eliminated in day to day life. In many cases, the best solution is to manage the problem by limiting your pet’s exposure to the situations, people or things that generally trigger their aggression. For example, if a dog is lunging and barking along the fence line, experts suggest that owners never let their dog out unsupervised. Other tactics include attention redirection and keeping the pet busy with reward-based training so that it chooses to pursue a positive behavior over a negative one. Working with a animal behavior specialist can help pet parents identify the triggers and warning signs of canine aggression and craft a strategy tailored to the needs of each specific pet.
Even if a dog has been well behaved for years and never shown any signs or symptoms of aggression, it is impossible to predict when all the necessary circumstances might come together to triggers their aggression. Pet parents are responsible for their dogs’ behavior and must take precautions to ensure that no one is harmed, including their own pet, as a result of aggressive acts or behavior.
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