When people talk about dogs they had to put down. Usually the common thread when describing why the animal had these particular behavior problems are, bad breeding, some sort of abuse, or some kind of mental deficiency. Fortunately or unfortunately none of those reasons have any real bearing on the specific dogs behavior. Fear is normal, we may not like it but it doesn’t matter what we like when it comes to a dogs mind.
Every day many good, loving dog owners have to deal with fear related behaviors. Their success’s or failures are determined by how well they actually understand dogs, and how often they have dealt with that behavior in the past. For any dog professional to say that such behaviors are ingrained or un-fixable. Just goes to prove how little experience they have, regardless of how many years they have been dog training.
Fear aggression in dogs, is a very common problem. Dogs by nature are fearful, when anybody gets a new puppy or dog the common advice is to socialize, socialize, socialize. That’s all well and good, except some people don’t have the luxury of time nor the inclination to spend vasts amounts of time socializing their dog.
A related problem to this is, there are a lot of dogs that it doesn’t matter how much you socialize them. If we don’t know how to relax them in those situations, we will see very little to no progress with that dogs fear aggression issues.
On a final note, we will often have a lot of different explanations as to what caused the fear behavior in a dog, (the breeding, abuse or whatever thing again) those are not exactly accurate. Fear is a normal behavior for dogs that is often misunderstood by dog lovers. And quite frankly most people are not suppose to understand these behaviors. After all everybody drives a car, but how many of us understand how to fix that car when something doesn’t work the way we like.
The Spirit Dog