Why does he do that??
Our clients and students often ask us why their dogs behave the way they do. When it comes to aggression, fear is usually the culprit.
What? He hardly looks scared, you say. We know. He looks kind of scary doing all that barking and growling and lunging. But many dogs learn that when you bark and growl and lunge things move away from you. It’s really a pretty smart technique, when you think about it. Not a very socially acceptable one, though!
Okay, you say, but why is he so scared in the first place? Well, it could be that he’s had a bad past experience that’s led him to lash out proactively to protect himself.
But far more likely it’s a lack of experience. Dogs who don’t grow up around lots of different kinds of people during puppyhood often suffer from under-socialization. Not as adept at generalizing as humans, dogs who grow up around a small number of similar humans expect them all to look the same and are startled when they don’t.
So what can I do?
Our human aggression dog training includes two approaches: We teach your dog there’s nothing to be afraid of, and show him new, more effective ways to behave when he encounters new people. We show you how to manage your dog’s behavior in different situations.