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Help Your Fear Aggressive Dog

Do You Cringe at How Your Fear Aggressive Dog Reacts?

Are you afraid of walking your fearful dog because he becomes violently aggressive at the sight of other dogs?
Then it’s time to teach your dog how to react in a more acceptable way, with a training approach you may not have ever heard of!
It’s called B.A.T. training (behavior adjustment training.)

Let me tell you Joyce’s story:
Joyce quit walking her fear aggressive dog because encountering other dogs were so intense.
Her dog was over the top with aggression.

What a dilemma! Her dog needed exercise, she loves to walk but not this way.

So How Did We Make This Work
That’s where B.A.T. comes in handy.

Why Your Fearful Dog Uses Aggression When He Is Fearful

If you have a fear aggressive dog, he’s using the only tool (his aggression) he “thinks he has” to create distance or make the threat go away.

Your job is to teach him to use different, more appropriate tools to accomplish the same goal: Create distance and feel safer-more relaxed.

First, you need a few things:

  • A 6’ leash, Gentle Leader or Easy Walk Harness (no retractable leashes here!) and some really high value food treats.
  • An understanding of where your dog’s threshold distance (the distance at which he becomes reactive) i
  • An understanding of the process (what you’re teaching and how to do it)
  • A decoy or trigger dog (that’s any dog to which he reacts) – a very good friend and their dog comes in very handy here.

Here’s How to Help Your Reactive Dog

  • Take your dog to a location where you can meet up with your decoy dog.
  • Once you’ve stationed the decoy dog, walk your dog closer to the decoy dog until your dog notices him. Praise/treat and guide your dog away.
  • He is not reacting at this point because you are outside his trigger point.
  • Repeat this exercise many times.
  • Keeping your dog at a safe distance but as close as you can to the decoy dog, look for his body language signs (head turns away from decoy dog or complete about face turns).
  • The instant you notice this, say “Yes!” in a very happy tone, and reward by guiding him dog away from the decoy dog.
  • About 5’ will do. THIS NEXT THING IS REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT
  • As he becomes aware that head-turns creates the distance he wants, build more confidence with repetition.
  • As confidence builds, gradually get closer and closer to the decoy dog.
  • With practice, you’ll notice your dog will let you know he’s getting uncomfortable by giving you a head turn or he’ll simply retreat on his own.

Some Things to Remember When Helping Your Dog Overcome his Fear Aggression

Your goal is to get your dog to be comfortable being in a closer proximity to other dogs without reacting but simply moving away on their own.
This process may look and sound easy but have patience. This takes time.
That means it may several months or longer, depending on your dog.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog.
But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.
I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live.
We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.

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