When you think of aggressive puppies, the thought may come with a negative connotation. Certain breeds are known to be more aggressive than others. For example, German Shepherds and Dobermans are typically more aggressive than, say, Setters.
Then again, looking on the flip side, you could also say that the more aggressive breeds are also more protective than that dog with the ultra laid-back personality in his genes. Then you need to consider the individual personality of whatever breed of dog you’ve chosen to join your household.
So, if your little pooch seems to be one of those aggressive puppies, we’ve got some tips on taming that aggressive little guy or gal. With the right handling and training, you can turn that aggressive personality into an asset. You’ll end up with a bon vivant pet who is is also a great watchdog. Let’s take a look.
If you’ve got kids in your household, or kids that visit your home often, it’s essential that you tackle the aggressive puppies syndrome right from the start. Most vets and trainers recommend that you begin training between the ages of 3-4 months. This is sound advice, in terms of teaching the ‘sit’, stay’ and ‘heel’ type commands.
Puppies aren’t yet disciplined enough to successfully learn these more sophisticated canine concepts until they’re about 3-4 months in age. However, aggressive puppies can begin their protective sweetheart training in your gentle, firm hands, almost from the day you bring that puppy home.
Keep in mind the exercise factor. Puppies are naturally rambunctious and most need a regular schedule of vigorous exercise to work off all that excess energy. Lacking enough exercise, puppies of any breed or disposition are bound to direct that excess energy into, say, giving your nice leather slippers a workout they – and you – won’t soon forget!
Pet stores carry a variety of training leashes for young puppies. Ask one of the staff members for their recommendation on which training leash would be best for gently taming overly exuberant puppies. The leash should be of a soft material appropriate for a puppy.
With aggressive puppies, it’s a good idea to acquaint them with that training leash at an early age. This doesn’t mean you should have him, or her, on a leash 24/7. Set aside a convenient time each day to conduct your first training lessons.
Start with about a half-hour each day, preferably after a meal (making your leash training do double-duty) to get your pup on board for both house training and simple lessons in acceptable versus non-acceptable behavior.
You can walk around the house, issuing gentle ‘no’ comments as appropriate. If he decides to lunge at your draperies, it’s an easy matter to let him know that’s not OK. Just gently restrain him, without being harsh. After all, you want him to be protective of family members, developing those aggressive puppies tendencies in the right direction.
After a meal is also a good time to take him for a walk, giving him a chance to work off both the meal and excess energy. Chances are good that he’ll then be ready for a little well-deserved nap!
Gradually increase his training leash sessions to 2-3 times a day. Using this early training technique, employing a gentle, yet firm approach really works for both of you. Aggressive puppies tend to respond well to this disciplinary tactic, learning valuable lessons in a fun environment. You’ll also find he’ll learn the fancy ‘tricks’ (sit-stay-heel) much more quickly. Good luck!