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Rehabilitation and Aggression

If you’re struggling with any of the following: 
  • Your dog lunges, nips, or bites other dogs or people
  • Your dog “protects” you or any other valuable resources(food, toy, kennel, couch, etc.)
  • Your dog tries, and may succeed,  to break out of their kennel while you’re away
  • Your dog tears up couches and carpets
  • Your dog cannot go into public spaces without immense fear and anxiety

Aggression in dogs is a severe problem, and the owner should not try to handle it on their own. Not understanding the cause of the aggression and attempting to “fix” it yourself usually results in making the issues worse. Our professional Trainer can identify the cause of the problem and teach people the right way to handle their pet’s aggressive tendencies. At Carolina Canine Advisor, we emphasize training both dogs and their owners. We start by teaching the dog what kind of behaviors we do and do not want from them.

Why do dogs show aggression?
There are many reasons for aggression in dogs. It is crucial to figure out the cause of aggression in order to stop it. For example, illness and injury can cause canine aggression. This could definitely be the case if the aggressive behavior is new. Consequently, the first step in dealing with an aggressive dog is to take them to a vet and have them checked for any potential medical problems.
If the vet gives the dog a clean bill of health, it’s time to consider other possible causes of aggression.

These can include the following:
  • Fear
  • Possession aggression or resource guarding
  • Dominance
  • Frustration or redirected aggression
  • Predatory aggression

Predatory aggression can be particularly dangerous, as the dog has a strong hunting instinct and potentially may chase and attack whatever it considers prey— be it another animal or a child.
In redirected aggression, the dog can’t reach the real target or trigger of its aggression, like a dog on the other side of the fence. In return, it can lash out at a more convenient target.

In resource guarding, the dog is protecting something like a food dish or toy. Resource guarding can escalate over time: the dog may start off by simply growling at whoever gets too close to its food bowl and then start biting. There are many reasons why a dog could be displaying aggression, and it's very important to get with a trainer. We will evaluate your dog and figure out the best course of action to help you!

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