One of the most effective ways to make your dog a very sociable pet is to give time for them to socialize with humans, kids, and other dogs. But for some of us, there will be few reasons why we forget to do this while they're still young. And the most probable reason is that they just don't have the time for it - either busy with work and other priorities. This will result into making pet dogs become aggressive to pretty much everything and everyone. In this article, we will discuss and share some tips on how to socialize an aggressive dog.
Yes, even though your dog may have become mature but there's still a big chance for them to become more friendly and less aggressive. It's all about learning the importance of dog socialization and why it's very crucial to learn how to socialize an aggressive dog.
One of the most effective ways to make your dog socialize is to condition the dog that every dog, human, or other types of pet they see and encounter is equivalent to a food treat. This kind of positive reinforcement conditioning can also be used with other commands such as letting him come over or letting him stay in his position.
Aside from food treats, you can also give other forms of positive reinforcements such as giving praise for being a "good boi" or "good girl" and giving some play time. Of course, you can incorporate all of these reinforcements into one. Positive reinforcements are way better and more effective to alter the underlying causes of why dogs becoming aggressive rather than just suppressing it.
Every dog should know who's his master to follow. If you give your dog too much freedom then he will think that he's the Alpha. When he starts thinking that he is indeed the Alpha of the household, you will not be treated like a master as you should be and then he will do whatever he wants, including being aggressive to others.
Set a healthy boundary between you and your dog. When it's established that you're the master then he will start adhering to you and wait for your command and go signal.
One of the behaviors that can be changed by this action is when the dog jumps up throws himself to you or other people. Although it's really cute to see your dog jump up to greet you with a wagging tail and a wide grin, it's not really that great for your visitors, especially kids who can be injured if your dog knocks them over.
Be the alpha by not allowing this type of behavior. When he's about to jump up on you, tell him to sit down or go back out the door. When he starts to behave, give him lots of praises and even food treats. Eventually, your dog will realize that being a behaved pet is more rewarding than being a hyperactive one.
It is your greatest achievement to keep your best friend by your side for the longest possible time. You might think that doing all these tips are just for their heart health, but the truth is, a healthy dog, also keeps your heart healthy. So think about hitting two birds with one stone!