Training at Security Forces K-9 Unit Obstacle Course
dog aggression training

Image by Official U.S. Air Force
ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla–
Senior Airman Joshua Newbrey, from the security forces squadron is training a K-9 unit German Shepard named Asko at an obstacle course on base, on 07 May. The objective of this specific training is to teach the police dog controlled aggression by simulating obstacles for the dog to maneuver through and overcome. Some of the missions this training is used toward is building searches and fleeing suspects.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cherice Bryant)

How to solve dominance aggression?

The dog fits in with family life so well because we and he are, in basic terms, co-operative hunters who live in small groups structures by dominance and submission. The dog gauges its status by observing the interactive signals he gets from the family/pack. In a pack, for example, If a dog has a bone it will not give it up to another dog unless it is subordinate. the dog who takes it is more dominant. the more dominant the individual becomes the less tolerant it is of those it lives with and it is more likely to become aggressive towards them if they upset it.

Withing the family, dogs follow the same rules. if a family member is eating a piece of toast or some crisps and is prepared to hand some over, it can lead the dog to see that family members as a subordinate and himself dominant over them.

As with the pack society, the more dominant a dog becomes the less tolerant it will be, increasingly the likelihood of aggression if it is upset or feels its position in the group is being threatened.

how to avoid you dog developing a sense of dominance?

Whenever you ineract with your dog you should maintain your dominanace but it is the subtle things that count. you do not have to make dramatic gestures to be dominant, Remember the maxim if you look after the pennies the pounds will look after themselves and the following rules should help.

1. Do not feed your dog food that you are or have been eating.

2. Always feed your dog after you have had your meal if the times coincide.3

3. Do not let your dog into the bedrooms; preferably not upstairs at all.

4.

Sometimes occupy your dog’s bed/favourite resting places.

5. Do not let your dog sit on the furniture or on your lap.

6. groom your dog daily whether he needs it or not.

7. Do not let your dog mouth or bite you in play. Say “NO” sharply then stop the game.

8. As often as you can play games with toys BUT always be the winner and keep the toy in a drawer until the next game.

9. Do not allow your dog to successfully demand attention. Give him affection only on your initiative, call him to youbut do not go to him.

10. Always make sure that your dog gives way to you at doorways.

11. Do not step over or walk around your dog, make him move.

12. When walking your dog on or off the lead change direction without warning frequently.

13. Never leave DOGS unattended with children

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