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Early Intervention with Dog Aggression and Behaviour

Early Intervention with Dog Aggression and Behaviour
27 February 2023

In this episode, we’ll be discussing the importance of early intervention with dog aggression and behaviour. I’m Glenn Cooke, and joining me is my co-host, Andrew Clark. We’re both passionate about dog training and have seen first-hand how important early intervention is in shaping a dog’s behaviour.

It is important for responsible dog owners to understand that early intervention is crucial in preventing or reducing aggressive behaviour in both pets and working dogs. Whether you have just brought home a new puppy or have an adult dog with behavioural issues, taking action early on is crucial.

The first step in early intervention is identifying signs of aggression in your dog, such as growling, barking, biting, snarling, or snapping. It is important to note that aggression is not always an inherent trait of a dog’s personality and can stem from a lack of socialisation, fear, anxiety, or pain.

To intervene early, seek the assistance of a professional dog trainer who can identify the root cause of the aggression and develop a personalised plan to address it. Socialisation is an essential aspect of early intervention, as puppies who are socialised correctly are less likely to develop aggressive tendencies later in life. Exposing them to various environments, people, and dogs can help them learn appropriate behaviours and interactions.

For adult dogs with aggression issues, early intervention may involve behaviour modification techniques and medication, depending on the severity of the behaviour. A qualified dog behaviourist can assess the dog’s behaviour and create a plan for modification, which may involve counter-conditioning and desensitisation exercises.

It is important to remember that aggression in dogs can also be due to medical problems such as pain, hormonal imbalances, or neurological disorders. If you notice sudden changes in your dog’s behaviour, seek veterinary attention to rule out any medical issues.

Taking action early is crucial in preventing or reducing aggressive behaviour in dogs. Responsible dog owners should recognise signs of aggression and act promptly. Working with a professional dog trainer or behaviourist can help you develop a personalised plan to address any behavioural issues and ensure your dog lives a happy and healthy life.

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