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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Aggressive Dog

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You love your little dog and she loves you. She is quiet, housebroken, and obedient. There’s only one thing she does that upsets you. She bites.

HBIIShe bites other dogs. She bites humans (except you). If she slips her harness, she will bite anyone or anything she can catch. Short of euthanasia, what are your alternatives?

You can muzzle her with a box muzzle which will allow her to breathe and pant. Tie a yellow ribbon or scarf around her leash and/or harness to alert others to danger. Walk her early in the morning so there are fewer chances of others being in the vicinity. Warn others of her aggression.

Since veterinarians will not remove an animal’s healthy teeth there is little else you can do aside from desensitization training. This type of training is not always effective, and it puts the trainer at risk, as well.

As the owner of such a dog I know the heartbreak of this situation. And as a professional trainer I cannot bring myself to heed the advice I would give others. I’m hoping that as she ages, she will calm down. Until that time, I exercise extreme caution and love her like there’s no tomorrow because it’s possible that one day I will need to make a heartbreaking decision.

If you have any dog-related questions please email me at brotherofthewolf@live.com or text or call 856.981.8957. There is never a fee for phone or email consultation. My book, “Training Your Dog With Love and Compassion” is available as an eBook or paperback on Amazon.com.

Wado udohiyu, (Thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

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