If you have an aggressive dog or know somebody who does you must read this post. Please send this to anybody you know who has an aggressive dog. This is a life saver on how to avoid the worst mistake you can make with an aggressive dog.
You are more powerful than you know in your dog’s eyes.
Most people think that when their dog is upset such as being afraid or aggressive that they should calm their dog down by giving affection. This is done innocently but in reality your dog will interpret the affection differently than intended. Your dog won’t see it as a calming down effect. He will see it as a cue that you like what he’s doing, that you approve of his state of mind.
I can’t stress enough that affection given at the wrong time when your dog’s in a bad state of mind will keep your dog locked in that state. I’ve had client after client tell me that they adopted a dog that was afraid or aggressive and has always been that way. They scratch their head and tell me that they’ve just accepted that their dog will always be that way. Then I ask about when they give their dog affection. And sure enough they’ve been petting their dog when he’s in that bad state of mind.
Affection to dogs is a powerful reward and resource to dogs.
They will never get over fear or aggression as long as it’s being reinforced when they’re in that state.
When are you giving affection? Most people are unconscious about it. We seem to go into a trance when we’re petting out dogs unaware of what we’re actually reinforcing.
Become aware when you’re petting your dog. What are you rewarding other than your need for touch?
We love to pet our dogs and they in turn love to be petted. Well not all dogs do but mostly all dogs.
Affection done at the wrong time actually reinforces aggression. Your dog will see it as a reward. Before petting your dog make sure he’s in a calm state that you want to reward.