Dog training varies from dog to dog. Some dogs are docile, some are energetic, and some are aggressive. Aggressive behavior is not a welcome trait in dogs. It can lead to chewing, biting, barking, and other challenging habits. With time and patience, you can deal with this problem.
If you have an aggressive Bernhardiner and are looking for a way to overcome their aggressive behavior, use the following suggestions. With positive and negative reinforcement, you can teach your dog how to behave properly.
Reinforcing Positive and Negative Behavior
The key to correcting behavioral problems is to reinforce the good and bad behavior. This means treating your Bernhardiner when he or she behaves properly and ignoring or correcting bad behavior. You will see this applied in each of the following suggestions.
There are two methods for rewarding positive behavior. You can show your dog affection or give a small treat. The choice is yours. Some dogs respond better when receiving dog treats, while others are satisfied with a pat on the head.
When negative behavior is witnessed, you can either ignore their actions or redirect their focus. For example, giving your Bernhardiner a basic command, such as sit or stay, when they get overly excited or aggressive, is a form of redirecting their focus.
Make Sure Your Dog Knows You Are in Charge
Your Bernhardiner needs to know that you are the leader of the pack. Otherwise, you will find dog training to be difficult. There are several ways to let your dog know you are in charge.
First, you need to speak with authority. You should not yell at your dog, but you should direct your commands with a firm voice. You should also make sure you are the first to enter a room when walking through a doorway at the same time.
Determine Your Dog’s Aggressive Triggers and Thresholds
In order to correct aggressive behavior, you have to determine what triggers this behavior. Does your dog bark aggressively whenever someone walks down the street or only when someone comes to the door? Do they bark at people, other animals, or everything they see? Think about the situations where you observe this aggressiveness.
Once you determine the types of situations that trigger the aggressiveness in your Bernhardiner, you can use basic dog training techniques to make corrections. In order for this work, you will have to figure out your dog’s threshold for these triggers.
As an example, when taking your dog for a walk, how close can a person or animal get before your dog displays dominant or aggressive behavior? How long can touch their paws or brush their hair before they snarl at you? This distance or limit will be the threshold that you use during training.
How to Train a Dog to Stop Acting Aggressively
You should employ your dog training techniques while just below the threshold of their trigger. As you approach the threshold, redirect your Bernhardiner’s attention with a basic command. Tell your dog to heel, sit, or stay. If they respond to your command, reinforce their good behavior with a treat or by showing affection.
If your dog begins to act aggressively, lower the threshold. Stop touching your dog’s paws or take a few steps back from the object of their attention. Then, repeat your command. Continue doing so until they respond to your commands.
That covers the basic process for how to train a dog that acts aggressively. The difficulty comes from the repetition of this task. You need to continue repeating this process, while reinforcing the good and bad behavior. The goal is to desensitize your Bernhardiner to their triggers.
Aggressiveness is a learned behavior. This means that you can train your dog to be less aggressive. Start by using the tips provided. Expose your dog to situations that commonly trigger aggressive behavior and then correct or reward negative or positive reactions.
Training an aggressive dog is essentially all about behavior modification. You need to let your dog know when they are acting bad or good.
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