How to Help a Fearful or Aggressive Dog

Sometimes, dogs behave badly. Going nuts when there’s a knock at the door. Over-reacting to the tiniest of threats. Freaking out over having their nails trimmed. Worst of all, if the proper steps aren’t taken early on, behaviors like anxiety and aggression can become the norm, rather than one-off instances.

In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah and her canine assistant, Alma, demonstrate two effective training techniques that can be used to overcome unpleasant reactive canine behaviors. We’ll be covering the topics of desensitization and counter-conditioning, plus why it’s important to set realistic goals. And above all, try to have fun whenever you’re training … your dog will thank you for it.

To learn more about the health-promoting and incredibly tempting Life’s Abundance treats featured in this episode and other Pet Talk episodes, visit the following links.

Tasty Rewards Training Treats
Buffalo Bully Sticks
Buffalo Meat Strips

To learn more about leash reactivity, watch February’s Pet Talk episode “Leash Safety Made Easy”.

Comments (4) -

  • Lovell Larkin

    6/2/2015 4:49:20 AM |

    Great video! I have worked with my JRT with desensitization as well as treating with Life's Abundance treats while trimming her nails. She was a rescue and apparently had had her dew claws removed traumatically. She now does very well with rewards. Thanks so much!

  • Connie Todd

    6/2/2015 4:57:48 AM |

    Great video Dr. Sarah!!!!!  I use all those methods on our new Chow Chow puppy and it works very well.  

  • Rebecca Forrest

    7/21/2015 1:48:40 PM |

    Once again, this came out at exactly the right moment. I was involved in talking with a woman whose family has a very reactive Boxer. With this blog, I was able to give her some very good information.

  • Ruth

    8/29/2015 6:16:26 AM |

    Good Video!  I have never had an aggressive / fearful dog, thank goodness.  But, I have seen my friends struggle with this,

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