In order to understand how to stop your dog being aggressive towards other dogs let us start by asking two rhetorical questions!
First of all do YOU start the aggression with your dog simply joining in? No, of course you don’t.
Secondly does your dog listen to you just before it starts getting agressive? Does it listen to you when you try show it another way to behave?
The answer to this question will be the following:
At the point your dog starts to become aggressive he is taking no notice at all of you. He is concentrating on what considers to be a major threat to him and his pack, his pack being you and your family.
At this point he is making his own decisions and will not listen to you.Trying to show him a different way to behave is not going to work. What he is doing is simply too important to him and to him it is the right thing to do. Dog aggression towards other dogs or other people is almost always done in order to protect, their pack and their own lives.
There is a whole range of different types of aggression from dominant to fearful and everything in between. Sometimes that aggression occurs the whole time and other times the aggression, is very erratic, and random and depends on a number of differing factors. Is your dog only agressive towards other dogs or does it show agression towards other people animals or objects?
Some breeds of dogs show more agression towards other dogs than other breeds do. Pitbulls for example who were originally bred to fight other dogs are sometimes more agressive towards other dogs. On top of this there are differencies between individuals.
How to stop dog aggression however is very much the same, or anyway the cause of the problem is the same. When your dog thinks that it is the pack leader it becomes fearful and attacks to protect, you and himself. Dominant dogs will be more protective, and they often attack even when they still have the option of running away, dogs who are fearful will only attack if they have no place to run. All other factors are much less important compared to this.
The most important thing to learn here if you want to understand how to stop dog aggression towards other dogs (or people) is that your dog must first look to you as the pack leader in your home. (This is the easiest place to convince him that you are the decision maker.) Only when he considers you a leader at home t you can convince him that you are the pack leader on the walk.
A great way of learning this would be to take a look at one of the video sites where you can learn these techniques by watching a professional dogtrainer show you how to become the packleader.
Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader when outside on the walk then upon reaching the point where he usually is aggressive you will find that he will actually start to take notice of your are behavior! This is because he now considers you as the leader and will look up to you for directions.
Remember, dogs are pack animals and they follow their pack leader.
One of the best examples of a professional dog trainer putting this all into practice is Doggy Dan. His website is called The Online Dog Trainer. Doggy Dan is a New Zealand dog trainer and his site has live videos of this method being demonstrated and explains exactly how to stop dog aggression towards other dogs simply by convincing your dog that you are the pack leader. CLICK HERE to learn how to become the packleader and stop your dogs agressive behavior