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Dog Aggression Behavior Overview

Don’t stress, you are not alone. Dog aggression and reactivity is a very common behavior in households across America, but why does it happen? 

There are several factors that can lead to your dog behaving this way:

  • Are they scared?
  • Is it who they are? (Genetics)
  • Is it a learned behavior?
  • Do they understand what is expected of them?
  • Are there medical reasons?

All of these factors can play a role in why your dog is behaving this way. We at Ridgeside K9 have successfully rehabilitated hundreds of dogs who have ranged from misunderstood to extremely dangerous. The steps we use are generally the same. TRUST, TEACH, APPLY, TIME and MOVEMENT. The most important step is to establish trust with the dog and build a relationship through motivation. Secondly, we establish a communication system with the dog that we use to teach what behaviors are acceptable and what behaviors are unacceptable. Lastly, we teach the dog these behaviors not only apply in a sterile training environment but they apply in the real world.

We have all heard countless stories of friends and families spending thousands of hard-earned dollars to invest in their dogs’ education. Then two months after the training is done it becomes completely undone and they are back to a misbehaved dog and a loss of money. Why does this happen? Simple, a lack of education and understanding of the dog from the owners.

How do we combat this? Educate!! We at Ridgeside K9 have not only spent thousands of hours educating pet owners, like yourself, but we have also provided thousands of hours of education to some of the most elite Military and Police agencies across America.

We pride ourselves on our ability to not only educate dogs but their owners. We will spend hours with you and your family explaining WHY these things happen and more importantly how to avoid them in the future and how to appropriately respond when things do happen.

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