Amazing! I have 2 Border Terriers who have been a nightmare with other dogs. I lost all confidence in taking them out for daily walks because I was…read more…worried they would attack dogs. Morph and Smurf undertook training with Linzie at Royvon whilst we were away in America. The positive change in them (and me also) has been amazing. Anyone thinking of taking their dogs to Rovyon don’t hesitate – you certainly wont regret it. It’s made us all happier and I now have the confidence with my 2 dogs which I never had before.
Targeted Dog Aggression Courses
Dog aggression problems, whether it be a dog’s aggressive behaviour towards other dogs or its aggressiveness towards people, can be a most disturbing aspect of a dog’s behaviour – but training can make a real difference to a dog perceived as hostile.
Labelling a dog an ‘aggressive dog’ is a broad-brush description which could cover a wide range of behavioural problems, as there are many types of aggression triggers that encourage canine hostility towards people and other dogs. Dog aggression problems may be influenced by genetics, hormones, pain, excitement, stress, lack of social skills, or simply conditioned (or learned)
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behaviour. Some forms of canine aggression are preventable, curable or controllable through dog aggression training courses, whilst others are sadly unavoidable. The first step is to identify what form of aggression problem the dog has before trying to understand why it exists and how to manage it. It is also important to know that forms of canine aggression are not mutually exclusive – a dog may display a combination of forms of aggressiveness and management may require an equal amount of pointed and complementary training solutions which can be delivered through targeted courses.
For example, fear aggression is the most common form of dog aggression and has as many variations in itself. An aggressive or hostile dog may fear the unknown due to lack of exposure and low resilience to anything new. Nervous, fearful behaviour may be genetic or imprinted from a nervous, fearful mother or a significant fearful experience. Fear may also be reinforced (although often unintentionally) or learned through repeated conditioning. Regardless of the source or compounding factors, fear aggression in dogs can often be rehabilitated through the careful, patient and positive counter-conditioning integral to our dog aggression courses and training. Innate fear is more difficult to cure, but can be managed through a high standard of canine obedience which builds both confidence and a trusting relationship between dog and owner.
While there are forms of dog aggression towards humans and other dogs that are unavoidable, incurable and unpredictably dangerous, it almost always requires an expert dog handler to assess any aggressive dog safely and accurately, and to recommend a training programme for the hostile dog that is equally safe and manageable for the owner. There will always be limitations to take into consideration for dogs displaying aggressiveness and there is no one training course or solution and no absolute guarantees.
Dog aggression problems are not to be taken lightly, however, there are very few dogs deemed “too damaged” to rehabilitate through targeted dog aggression training and if we understand the source and are willing to address the cause of the aggressiveness at the source during the training course, there is hope for change.
Royvon Dog Training Schools has almost 50 years of experience assessing dog aggression, and addressing the problems caused by aggressive dogs, and offers a variety of dog aggression courses and training to suit the dog, owner and the circumstances. From our pool of trainers at each location we have two senior canine trainers who have a wealth of experience in assessing and correcting dog aggression; these trainers are Terry Dowman at South Wales and Tony Hughes at Surrey.
The best course of action would be to enroll your dog on our Behaviour Modification Course as this course covers both the dog aggression and obedience training which can help manage the problems caused by an aggressive dog.
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