So many Racine people call to explain to us how nasty their dog is and ask if we can help. Aggression and anti-social behavior are our specialties. First of all we try to get details of this “aggression” and 9 times out of 10 the canine is just pretending aggression. They can look pretty scary but often their problem is due to fear, shyness, dominance or just plain stubbornness but they aren’t really aggressive in the sense most people think.
This display of aggression comes in many forms…dog to dog is pretty common and usually boils down to your pet not understanding how to play the right way with another dog. It shows aggression with snarling, growling and showing teeth and even barking when actually they are basically feeling I’m going to get you before you get me. It has nothing to do with being a dominant nasty dog. Rock’s can teach Racine pets how to play using both a trainer and other dogs specifically used for playing with non-social dogs.
Many dogs are actually upset because of a lack of socialization. The dog has not had enough inter-action with other dogs, cats, children and/or other people… it doesn’t know what to do and this can turn into signs of aggression. They either haven’t learned correct social behavior or been exposed to enough life experiences in Racine. Just because your dog may live with another dog does not make them social.
Dog to human aggression takes a little longer and begins with foundation commands and obedience training to the point where the dog accepts its handler as the alpha and therefore respects the orders it is given. This requires a good communication system between canine and owner.
Dogs that show aggression toward children can be worked with but should never be left alone with a child. You don’t want a bite to occur whether on purpose or by accident. Children living in Racine or any city can be loud, wild, step on a dog’s tail or injure them unintentionally and the dog may react with tooth or nail. There are also steps that can be taken to get your pet to put up with cats although often it’s the cat that acts like a windup toy and the dog will pounce. These instances can be evaluated by a trained professional.