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Your dog may exhibit aggressive behavior due to frustration, fear, territoriality, or several other reasons. To teach your dog to wear a muzzle put his favorite treat into the muzzle and hold it very still.
For example, if your dog is triggered by unfamiliar men, then have a male friend stand at the edge of your yard. Do not try to go too fast in these sessions or your dog’s aggressive behavior may become worse. For dogs that bark at the front door when visitors arrive, consider keeping him on a long leash and taking him into another room as soon as guests arrive. If you are ever faced with a dog showing any of these signs, your best defense is to step aside or away from the dog and avoid staring back at him.
If you notice your dog behaving this way, get him under control with a leash or bring him inside immediately.
For example your dog may have a fear of strangers or other dogs, territorial aggression, or be prone to protecting a resource such as food.
This version of How to Stop Aggressive Behavior in Dogs was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on September 25, 2015.
If you have an aggressive dog, it is crucial to have adequate strong fencing around your property so that the dog cannot gain access to passers-by.

In addition to a leash and harness, your dog should wear a muzzle in public or whenever you have visitors. Wait a little bit between each treat so that your dog will begin to associate the muzzle with treats.
The aim of desensitization is to expose your dog to the thing he fears, but in a less intense way. Expose your dog to the trigger for around 10 -15 minutes and try to end on a positive note. Remember that you will need to bring the trigger to your dog’s aggression closer and closer over time. Try to keep your dog out of situations where he gets to practice and exhibit his guarding behavior. Otherwise, your dog may interpret your reaction as you joining in and it may encourage is barking.
Once your dog reaches the point where she no longer shows aggressive behavior to her trigger, keep using positive reinforcement to let her know she is doing well. You will not be able to solve your dog’s aggression problem with a single training session. Doing so will cause your dog to become over excited, or if his aggression is due to anxiety it will make him more fearful.

Remain calm and keep a happy tone as you work with your dog to respond with less aggression. One of the biggest causes of aggression is lack of socialization as a puppy, which leads to the dog being fearful of what he sees around him. You may need to use this command to distract your dog from a perceived threat, such as a stranger or another dog. A fearful puppy will run back to his mother for protection, but a fearful adult (especially one that cannot run away) is like to take attack as the best form of defense and become aggressive.[1] There are several things that you can do to deal with your dog’s aggression, but keep in mind that retraining an aggressive dog takes lots of time and patience. For example, some dogs become aggressive when new people visit, or when people walk past your dog’s yard area. Thus, a dog that might be aggressive to family members, won’t be aggressive towards outsides and vice versa.

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