Fix Your Fearful Aggressive Dog - Jim Burwell's Petiquette

3 Steps to Fixing Your Fearful Aggressive Dog

If you have a fearful aggressive dog that reacts to other dogs, you are not enjoying all the things an owner with a normal dog gets to enjoy like:

  • A relaxed walk and saying “Hi!” to an occasional passing neighbor with their dog
  • Letting your dog play with other dogs at the dog park or
  • Just enjoying a good meal at a dog-friendly café

Your fearful dog is probably causing you to limit your walks to weird times at night to avoid seeing anyone with their dog.

3 Steps to Help Your Fearful, Aggressive Dog


This video gives you 3 steps that will help you teach your dog how to:

  1. Be better at looking at and listening to you in the presence of another dog and,
  2. Learn to give you signals that will ease his anxiety around other dogs
  3. Do the steps as I suggest and take your time to make sure you set your dog up to be successful.  It’s not a race!

Step One in the New Dog Behavior Program


Structure in the home means: Sitting For Everything

Step Two for Your Fearful, Aggressive Dog


Obedience training

First and Very Critical: attain perfection inside your home.

Then work on sits/downs outside away from other dogs.

Then work on sits/downs as you gradually get closer to dogs.

The more you practice, the more your dog will begin to trust you and look to you around distractions

Step Three in Fixing Your Dog’s Reactive Behavior


Change your dog’s choice of behavior

Right now the only tool your dog has in his toolbox when he is fearful of approaching dogs is to become reactive to them.

You want to teach your dog to make use of a more appropriate signal, or tool, usually turning his head away from the approaching dog is the most common signal.

Work at a comfortable distance is best at first, then when he gives you that head turn, give him what he wants , DISTANCE.

Your Goal for Your Aggressive, Fearful Dog

To eventually be able to get your dog closer to other dogs without him reacting to them and to give you a signal (like a head turn) to create more space.  I have more helpful steps to help you with your aggressive, fearful 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.