In our last blog, we looked at a few different ways that your dog will warn you when they are feeling aggressive. By understanding the body language cues and oral clues that your dog gives you during the initial onset of an aggressive feeling, you are in a much better position to calm your dog down before they lash out and act on their feelings. Please take the time to read the previous blog before continuing. Here, we will look at steps you can take to calm your dog down when they begin to feel aggressive.
What you shouldn’t do
First, there are certain things you can do that will actually reinforce the fear that your dog is feeling that causes them to become aggressive. Remember, most dogs lash out because they are afraid. When your dog starts to give off aggressive vibes, do not yell at them. If you get angry, your dog will pick up on the negative energy, and the situation will only escalate.
What you should do
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to remain as calm as possible. Next, you must remove your dog from whatever is causing them to panic. Redirect their negative energy in a positive way, and take their mind off of whatever it is that was causing them to feel threatened.
When you have a dog who is prone to aggression, you must take the time to learn how to recognize the warning signs, and how to de-escalate their aggression. The sooner you can do these things, the better. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your aggressive dog.