Training a dog that is reactive or aggressive can be difficult but there are some easy ways to avoid them getting to that point by putting these tips into practice.
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Now it’s very rare that dogs come out of The womb aggressive towards other dogs Or display massive amounts of leash Reactivity which means it’s a behavior That they have picked up with us Somewhere along the line so in today’s Video I’m going to talk about three Mistakes that so many people make that Create aggressive dogs or create least Reactivity in their dogs I was recently Working with a great owner who had just Rescued a beautiful dog but that dog has Significant dog to dog aggression and Leash reactivity and the first tip is Absolutely around choosing the wrong Breed now we weren’t 100 what this dog Was and there was definitely some Labrador in the dog but I’m pretty sure It was also combined with maybe Pitbull Maybe Rottweiler or maybe some more game Bred Mastiff breeds because the level of Intensity the level of prey drive and The level of arousal was severe which Many many owners are simply not prepared To be able to manage harness s work with Train through and live with so when You’re getting your dog you have to do Your research into the breeds and you Have to be honest with yourself do you Have the experience the skill set the Personality the leadership traits to be Able to manage the traits and Characteristics that come with that Specific breed and if you’re not you
Should absolutely not be getting that Dog and I think the people that Originally had this dog were woefully Unprepared for the level of severity of Behaviors that this dog was going to Clearly go on and show and they clearly Weren’t able to navigate and work Through successfully now the second Mistake that I believe the previous Owners made was just a huge lack of Obedience training now yes I am a canine Behaviorist and yes I’m when I’m working With cases like this exact one we’re Talking about a lot of my work does come In the forms of Correction and Relationship building and we don’t Necessarily have time to do tons of Obedience work that’s often homework That send the owners home with to Practice on and improve but if people Put the effort in in the first place to Have excellent amounts of obedience to High levels of control you would be Surprised at how successful that is Avoiding things like reactivity and Doctor dog aggression if you’ve got a Dog that has a rock-solid bomb proof Under high distraction heel walking it Doesn’t matter if they don’t like other Dogs because they’re walking beautifully To heal however when they don’t have a Really nice heel command and they’ve Learned to make decisions for themselves Whenever they want then they’re going to
Display that reactivity instantly and You don’t have any ability to Communicate to them what it is that You’d rather do instead which then Leaves me with the job of having to come In and utilize more Corrections than I Would rather if the dog just had some Basic levels of obedience in place in The first place now the third mistake I See so many people make and what I think Absolutely was a catastrophe in this Case case was using the wrong tools in The wrong way and before I talk any more On that I want to cut back to a clip and Let you see exactly what it is that I’m Talking about to when I first got him on A yeah said recommended harness and Stuff like he’s like this and then you Have to drag him because it gives no Feedback to him try to slip slip lead as Well it’s not quite enough I’m not Surprised so I moved over to this just Let feeling him here he’s quite content To pull through the pressure of a prong Collar so again I’m always just kind of Observing these little things so even That there that’s a fair amount of Pressure he’s putting on himself and It’s not phasing him which is what I’m Going to be working on so I want him to Really start what we call yielding to The pressure so as you can probably tell There’s definitely not a one-size-fits All tool or piece of equipment for every
Single dog and that’s from somebody like Myself who absolutely loves and uses Something like a slip lead every single Day but you can see in that case just How dangerous a slip lead can be when Not you used in the right way or if it Wasn’t the right tool for that dog it’s Incredibly important that you understand The differences in these tools and if You don’t you need to find help from Somebody like myself that can help you Navigate through what tool is the right Tool for you and your dog how to use it Correctly fairly from a place of Love Kindness and empathy because we want our Dogs to succeed and to be able to do That we have to help them understand What we do want but we also have to be Able to communicate to them what it is That we don’t want and the best way to Communicate that to them is by loving Fair use of the right tool for them Please give the video a thumbs up Subscribe if you are new here because I Can’t wait to see you on the next Episode