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  • Stop Puppy Aggression in its Tracks

    Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 1:43 am

    Did you know there are numerous types of dog aggression? Since humans aren’t exactly fluent in the language of puppies, first-time pooch parents can use a little help communicating with their new canine family members.

    When it comes to seemingly dominantly aggressive behaviors like growling and similar actions, there’s not always a quick and simple explanation. Conflict aggression is the new phrase for what was previously referred to as dominance aggression. This type may manifest itself as your puppy being overprotective of his meals and his favorite toys and bones. And unfortunately, when you punish the pup, it only escalates the situation.

    When the dog feels the need to claim his place in the pack, and in your case, the family, he may resort to this type of behavior. This type of aggression is most common in puppies, dogs under one year old, but can develop and/or continue up to three years old.

    At our dog training practice in Los Angeles /San Fernando Valley, we are dedicated to helping people and their pets live happier lives -- together. Usually it takes a little bit of training (that means training the dog and the human) to get on the right track.

    Our goal is to enhance the lives or our human and canine clients. Our team has tons of experience helping families with dogs showing signs of conflict aggression. If your dog guards his food and his body language often seems “guilty” after acting out, contact us to get your pack back on the right track.

    Though aggressive in some cases, the dog will typically displays submissive or friendly when in everyday situations not involving “guardianship.”

    Many dog owners ask us why and how these behaviors develop. Sometimes it’s hormone driven, as male puppies can act out in this way before getting neutered. There are other triggers, too, but the important part is fixing the problem.

    While we know how to handle these situations at Connected Canine, our human clients need to continue to carry out our training, helping the dog maintain its good behavior.

    ID the triggers and seek to avoid them. For example, if Spot is guarding his favorite squeaky toy and plethora of bones, take them out of that area. This stops the guarding because the trigger is removed from the environment. Need more help? Contact us today!

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