Can Aggressive Dogs Be Rehabilitated?
The simple answer is yes. Most of the time, this is possible, but not always. This answer might seem confusing but keep reading. The chances of success that you can rehabilitate your dog are good enough that you definitely want to give your dog the opportunity.
Can every dog be rehabilitated? The answer to this question is no. Some dogs cannot be rehabilitated. That is no different than realizing that there are humans in institutions with mental illnesses who are unable to be out on the streets with us due to their illness, and their aggression, in some cases.
People who own aggressive dogs always have the question of whether their dogs can be rehabilitated and once again be loving members of their families. You cannot answer this question by just looking at a dog.
The only way that you can tell if it is possible to rehabilitate your dog is to try to do it. You need to try using behavior modification and training. To achieve the best results, you want to work with a canine behavior specialist who has extensive experience working with aggressive dogs.
Just relying on a local big box pet store’s trainer is a sure way to fail. Training is definitely something your dog needs, but there is more to it than that. He also needs behavior modification.
What exactly is behavior modification? It comes in several different flavors and colors, and every dog might need something a bit different than another dog that has a similar problem.
The behavior modification that your dog needs may include one or several of the following things:
– Eliminating treats
– Feeding your dog after you eat, since you are the Alpha
– Not allowing your dog on the furniture
– Giving your dog more exercise
– And much more
One of the questions that I hear the most is, “how long is it going to take for my dog to be rehabilitated?” This question is one that is very hard to answer. Some dog owners have told me that they have started to see a significant difference in their dog after only one week. Then other dogs need weeks or even months before their problem can be solved.
If your dog is an important member of your family, then it is definitely worth the effort to determine whether you can solve its aggression problem. Your dog will appreciate all of the efforts you put in for them.
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So here is the question every dog owner should answer.
Does my dog deserve a second chance to be a loved member of our family.