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Stopping Fear Aggression
In order to have any chance of resolving this problem on your own, you have to be firmly established as your dog’s pack leader. If you’re having trouble getting her to Sit on command, your chances of correcting aggressive behavior are pretty slim and you should look at the possibility of getting a professional trainer in.
Assuming you do have good control over your dog, here are a few things you can do to try to lessen or solve fear aggression problems.
Most of the tips here relate to desensitization. This involves exposing your dog to something she’s afraid of or doesn’t like little by little. For example, imagine your dog is afraid of the sound of cars. Get a recording of a car (or find one online) and play it to your dog at a very quiet volume until she gets comfortable with it. Gradually increase the volume and the length of time she’s exposed to the sound. This is the basic idea of how desensitization works.
Often the fear aggression is tied to a particular stimulus – a certain place, a certain person or type of person, other dogs, etc. To deal with this, you’ll need to set up a situation which would normally lead to aggression, but do it under controlled conditions.
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