Is Your Dog Truly Nasty Or Does It Just Look That Way?
So many McHenry County pet owners call to explain to us how aggressive their canine is and ask if we can help. Aggression and anti-social behavior are our specialties. First of all we try to get details of this “aggression” and 9 times out of 10 the canine is just unknowingly faking aggression. They can look pretty fearsome but often their problem is due to fear, shyness, dominance or just plain orneriness but they aren’t really aggressive in the sense most people perceive.
This showing of aggression comes in many forms…one dog to another is pretty common and usually boils down to your pet not knowing how to play properly with another dog. It displays aggression with snarling, growling and showing teeth and even barking when actually they are basically feeling I’m going to get you before you get me. It has nothing to do with being a dominant aggressive dog. Rock’s can teach McHenry County dogs how to play using both a trainer and other dogs specifically used for playing with non-social dogs.
Many dogs are actually upset because of a lack of socialization. The dog has not had enough inter-action with other dogs, cats, children and/or other people… it doesn’t know what to do and this can turn into signs of aggression. They either haven’t been taught correct social behavior or been exposed to enough life experiences in McHenry County. Just because your dog may live with another dog does not make them social.
Dog to human aggression takes a little longer and begins with foundation commands and obedience training to the point where the dog accepts its handler as the alpha and therefore respects the directions it is given. This requires a good communication system between dog and handler.
Dogs that show aggression toward children can be trained but should never be left alone with a child. You don’t want a bite to occur whether on purpose or by accident. Children living in McHenry County or any city can be loud, wild, step on a dog’s foot or injure them by accident and the dog may respond with tooth or nail. There are also steps that can be taken to get your pet to put up with cats although often it’s the cat that acts like a windup toy and the dog will pounce. These occasions can be evaluated by a trained professional.