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Caring for difficult dogs


Dealing with four-legged friends is not always easy. However, there are no dogs that are inherently difficult. But how should you behave when your darling gets aggressive? Patience is required when dealing with difficult dogs - Image: Shutterstock / cynoclub

Dogs that are raised appropriately only show aggressive behavior in emergencies. Dealing with the animals becomes difficult when they appear out of bounds or even pose a danger to other living beings.

Difficult dogs: problems in the relationship with humans?

Anyone who thinks that there are difficult dogs that have been born with a problematic character is making it too easy. A dog is primarily an animal with certain instincts. This means that if he feels threatened, is afraid, does not want something to be taken away from him or is unsettled, he defends himself. If he is underwhelmed, bored and frustrated, the four-legged friend comes up with stupid thoughts. That too can lead to difficult behavior.

So if a dog always behaves difficult, problematic or aggressive, the reasons are almost always mistakes in dog training. Dogs must trust their owner or owner and know that they have nothing to fear from you. At the same time, however, you are also a leading figure for your animal friend. This means that you have to show him what he is allowed to do and what not, through clarity and consistency - never with violence and aggression. If the relationship between your dog and you is disturbed, the four-legged friend does not know which rules to follow and which behavior is inappropriate. It then appears difficult to the outside.

How to deal with "problem dogs"

If the unwanted behavior has already become too firmly established in your dog, you should get professional help to learn how to deal with your darling again. You have to start teaching and building the dog-human relationship again from scratch. Without the support of experienced, fair and loving dog trainers, it is very difficult to overcome the established bad habits in humans and animals.

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At first, when dogs show difficult behavior such as snapping, biting, growling, or yapping aggressively, you should not provoke them further. Retire calmly and ignore the animal for now. If it happens more often and for no apparent reason, it is actually an educational problem. One-off incidents can indicate pain and injury to the dog - then you should take him to the vet.