Clover – Aggressive Dog Training in Brooklyn
An aggressive dog can turn the fun experience of dog ownership into a nightmare. Instead of having a loving, cuddly pet, you’re wrought with anxiety over the consequences of a possible attack and embarrassed about your dog’s behavior (growling, snapping, snarling, etc.), even if he/she never manages to get a hold of anyone.
I offer aggressive dog training in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the surrounding Burroughs, and recently met a dog named Clover who has broken away from her owners several times to bite friends and family members. Rather than let the dog drive a wedge between them and those they love, the owners gave me a call. Aggression, whether it’s dog, human, sibling, maternal, or territorial, is an issue I’m very familiar with, and I know exactly what methods are needed to help Clover.
During the in-home consultation, I was able to learn a bit more about Clover’s behavior. She’s one of three dogs in the home, and none of them were able to settle themselves down for over an hour. They howled at the sound of their owners’ voices, and if they were ignored for any length of time they would begin gnawing on furniture, just as a misbehaving child might do something naughty for their parents’ attention.
All three of the dogs have behavioral issues, but so far Clover is the only one who has taken it to the next level of trying to put space between her and everything and everyone by biting. Her case is particularly understandable because she was attacked by strange dogs twice on her property, which has clearly caused a tremendous amount of anxiety for her.
I often work with multiple dog households, and actually just posted a dog training testimonial video about it, and in most cases, we have to address the situation as a whole, which includes working with the other dogs in the household as well.
Clover’s adoptive siblings are in need of training to control their bad manners, more than anything else. This can be solved simply by placing the owners in a role of leadership. They will keep their dogs (literally and figuratively) on a short leash by withholding some of their freedoms for a while. When the dogs begin to understand they have to rely on their owners to get what they want, they’ll begin looking to them for cues rather than acting on their wants and needs. From here, they’ll learn basic obedience and will eventually gain the trust needed to have their freedom back, but only ever to the extent the owners allow.
Clover will go through this same training and reap the same benefits, but she’ll need more intensive work. Because of her potential to cause harm, she must be kept under a very watchful eye and will most likely take longer than the others to train. It is very important here for the owners to commit to the training methods, since a single slip-up on their part, at least in the beginning, can mean another attack on Clover’s record. Rather than make Clover resentful, this elimination of freedom will actually make her feel more secure in her role and keep her anxiety at bay.
Once the owners are comfortable in their roles as leaders and the dogs recognize them as leaders, they’ll stop fighting amongst themselves to establish rank and listen more quickly and easily to the commands of their handlers.
I offer aggressive dog training in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the surrounding areas. To find out how I can help your aggressive dog, give me a call at 800.649.7297.