When is comes to Dog Aggression or Aggression in Dogs, there is nothing more challenging and more difficult, not to mention emotionally taxing, than having Intra-Dog-Aggression, or two or more dogs fighting in the home.
TREATING THE INTRA-DOG-AGGRESSION
One of the first steps is to rule out any medical contributing factors that may play a role in the aggressive behavior. Therefore, below is just a partial list or medical issues that can be a contributing factor in dog aggression and intra-dog-aggression. Consequently, we need to always consult with a Veterinarian to rule out any medical problems as part of the overall treatment of your dogs aggression.
- COGNATIVE DYSFUNCTION
- BLOOD SUGAR
Once we have ruled out and treated any medical contributing factors, the next step is to control the environment in such a way that the dog aggression, that the multiple dogs that have intra-dog-aggression stop rehearsing and repeating the behavior. Therefore, the need to manage with crates, leashes, muzzles, separating the dogs and other environmental management practices such as removing and or avoiding triggers to aggression needs to be done UNTIL the work to heal and treat your dog’s aggression has been put into place.
After we have ruled out any medical factors and after we have managed and controlled the environment to insure no further dog attacks and fighting, the next step is to teach foundational dog obedience training behaviors and commands to further manage the aggression, but to also prepare you and your dogs for the behavior modification work to desensitize your dogs aggression and to counter condition your dogs aggression. As a result, this is done as the first stage in training, and it is called Core Behavior Training and Management.
- CORE BEHAVIOR TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT
At the root cause of all dog aggression is anxiety and fear. Consequently, NO ANIMAL GOES INTO FIGHT OR FLIGHT UNLESS THEY PERCEIVE SOMETHING AS THREATENING, THEREFORE ALL AGGRESSION IS BASED IN FEAR REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF LABEL PUT ON THE AGGRESSION.
Therefore, the real work is in changing the aggressive dog’s emotional state or how the dog perceives the trigger. in addition, what was previously seen as a threat to become aggressive, is transformed through desensitization and counterconditioning into a positive experience or at least neutral where it was fearful previously. As a result, there is no success without changing the emotional response to triggers.
- CHANGING THE EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO TRIGGERS
Once all the work has been done, there usually is always a need to have ongoing training and on going management of the dogs to insure peace and harmony will continue. As a result, training becomes a lifestyle and there has to be a lot of structure and leadership exercises.
1. Ongoing Training , Structure, and Leadership for the life of the dogs.
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