Aggressive Dogs Need To Be Walked
Your Aggressive Dog Needs To Be Walked
Aggression is becoming an epidemic! I’m not kidding. Over the years, I have seen an increasing number of cases of aggression due to different causes. What is causing this crisis? There are a number of different reasons why dogs are showing aggression more often. The cause that I would like to discuss here is a lack of exercise, and walking in particular.
Dogs need to have exercise. All of us know this but not everyone follows through and provides their dogs with the exercise they need for them to be well-adjusted and happy. If you don’t have the time to walk your dog every day, then consider other forms of exercise.
For example, if your dog likes to retrieve things, spend 20 to 30 minutes throwing a ball. Your goal is to make sure your dog gets enough exercise so that he is happy and relaxed once you are done.
Usually, dogs that have aggression issues suffer from having low levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter that works inside the nervous system and brain to give your dog a positive feeling of well-being. What that means is your dog needs to have serotonin in order to eliminate his aggression. The best way to get this naturally is exercise.
Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety and aggression might benefit from taking medications that affect the serotonin levels in their body. Your veterinarian can help you decide if your dog needs to be on medication to help his aggression.
Any medication that your vet prescribes should also be combined with an effective behavior modification program, including great obedience training. What obedience training does is help to get the master dog relationship established so your dog sees you as leader of the pack and master. Dogs who do not receive training have a tendency to take the alpha position themselves. Your dog will actually be quite happy for you to assume this role instead and relieve him of having to take this responsibility.
Walking will not cure all of the aggressive problems that your dog has. However, depending on the kind of aggression it is, some behavior modification, obedience training, and walking can really help to get your dog back on track of being a happy family member and fun-loving dog.
Keep in mind that a well-trained dog is a very happy dog and that a tired dog is happier. Therefore, take the time to train your dog and give him all of the physical and mental stimulation he needs in order to be happy.
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