Dog Aggression

UPDATE: At the bottom of this page we have added a link to what I believe is one of the top dog information (training, aggression, herding, equipment) websites out there along with three Ian Dunbar videos that you may want to check out (they are all good but I really like video #2.)

This dog aggression article is one of those ”disscussions” that not enough people talk about. No matter what some websites tell you, not every dog that shows aggressive tendencies can be cured and some will, through time, get worse. Further down the page I am going to talk about one such dog.

If you think that your dog is or might be showing signs of dog aggression then you need to start some sort of obedience training program immediatley. Stop searching the internet for free dog aggression training articles. Stop surfing the net for free articles about training aggressive dogs. Quit being a cheapskate and looking for a free solution because this problem could become serious.

Even though there are free dog training books given away on this website (and some of them are pretty good) if you do not have any experience training dogs then I advise you to find a dog training class or some place to get some private lessons.

The more socialized a dog is and the better trained they are, the better the chance is their aggressive tendencies will fade away. Dogs need to be trained.

Now, as I said earlier, not every aggressive dog can be fixed and some will have to be put to sleep. Below I am going to tell you about one dog that could not be fixed.

Her name was Steffi, I got her at 9 weeks old. We thought about taking her to obedience trials when she got older so we began going to obedience classes. Obedience classes are a great way to socialize a puppy or dog.

Everything went along smoothly for the first few months. During training when people would come up to pet her she was pretty good. We have other dogs at home and she got along with them as well. She was becoming a highly trained dog. We would practice a little bit every day. She was so good.

Somewhere between 9 and 12 months of age (it was a few years ago) when the instructer would approach she would start growling. Same person and same place that she had been for months. As she grew older she began fighting with some of our other dogs at home. It was mainly in the mornings when she would go out.

Whenever people would come over she would begin to growl and act as if she would do something and she may very well have had it not been for all of the obedience training that we had done. When she was told to sit and stay, down and stay or to come she would obey.

By 1 and a half years of age it was becoming more and more stressful. She was going after our other dogs more and more and showing more aggressive tendencies whenever other people were around. Once again the only saving grace was how well she was trained.

We had two young children. Our son was around 2 years old and our daughter was about 5. One night our daughter was sleeping with us, she went to the bathroom and when she came back Steffi began growling at her. Pretty scary moment.

She was becoming increasingly aggressive with each passing day. By now she was bigger and stronger than the rest of the dogs and the second she went out of the house the first dog to move was the first one to take a “butt whuppin”. She was acting as if she was getting closer to biting anybody that came on the place.

She was also beginning to growl at the children a little more often,especially the older of the two. It was a low quiet growel.

Putting her in a kennel was not an option because if she spent a few hrs or more in one, when you opened the gate she was just a lunatic. Once again I will tell you that if she had not had all of that obedience training things would have no doubt been disastrous.

The final straw was one morning as my daughter was coming down the hall to see me and Steffi growled, barked and was making a move. She immediately stopped when I called her and told her to down.

That was the moment that I knew that it was just a matter of time before someone would be injured. She was just mentally unstable. I talked to the vet and we decided that putting her to sleep was the only option.

I will be honest with you here, I wept. It was devastating but there was no other option. She was a ticking timebomb.

We have a sister to this dog from the same dad and she is the complete opposite. Her tempermant is impeccable.

To many times in a situation like this the breeder will blame the owner and the owner will blame the breeder. In this case there is nobody to blame. It is just one of those things that happens (not very often thank goodness).

Whether you think that your dog is showing signs of aggression or not please start training them. Dogs need to be trained. If you KNOW that your dog is showing signs of aggression and you do not have much training experience try to find a trainer in your area and see if they can help.

Once again, and I cannot stress this enough, training aggressive dogs can be very challenging so do not hesitate to get some help.

When it comes to dog information and some dog training equipment then you need to check out Leerburg (this is a link to one of his dog aggression articles)

Dog training With Ian Dunbar – Day 1

Dog training With Ian Dunbar-Day 2

Dog training With Ian Dunbar-Day 3