The Bed in an Open Space

When you are dealing with a dominant and aggressive dog, he should be attached to the leash even when he is resting. Establish his resting area in an open space; it can't be in a corner looking like a den. Dogs feel more secure in their dens and you shouldn't foment this confidence.

Search Practices
Train your dog to search and bring objects. This will teach him that you are the leader. The dog should wear a leash.

Medical Intervention
A dominant dog's aggressiveness can be a serious problem. Ask for the veterinarian's opinion as she might be able to suggest a readaptation program reinforced with medical supervision.

Dealing with Dogs Biting out of Fear
The bite of a frightened dog can look like dominant aggressiveness, but it can be due to other causes. A dog that bites out of fear is more apprehensive and tends to hide between his master's legs. This behavior is usually due to the lack of contact with people, but in breeds like the German Shepherd it can actually be genetic. The readaptation process should be done little by little and carefully and, many times, the help of a professional will be needed.

Aggressive Behavior out of Fear
Sometimes, a dog that bites out of fear shows contradictory signs. He shrugs in the presence of his master and wags his tail obediently, but then attacks. If you try to affirm your authority by means of training, as you would with an aggressive dog, you will only increase his lack of confidence.

1. You need the help of a friend or of a professional trainer. Your dog must be attached to a long leash and shouldn't have eaten before the exercise. Your friend must take a few steps backwards, holding a food reward in his hand.

2. Let the dog approach your friend and take the food from his open hand. Your friend should not talk to the dog and should kneel down next to the dog, avoiding any kind of visual contact.

3. Repeat steps one and two several times and then have your friend slightly turn towards the dog, but still avoiding visual contact.

4. Once you have done this exercise successfully for several days, go on to the next phase. Repeat steps one and two with your friend turned towards the dog and also on his knees.

5. Now walk towards your friend, who, without moving from his place, should face the dog avoiding any eye contact. Your friend must then give the dog his prize and step back. If the dog gets scared during this stage, go back to the previous one and repeat it.

6. Walk towards your friend and when the dog reeceives the treat, congratulate him and pet him on his sides. Your friend must continue avoiding eye contact, but shoulb be able to talk to you without any problem. It will probably take you some weeks to reach this stage.

7. When your dog finally shows confidence when you pet him and when your friend gives him the food, then your friend can already pet the dog. After repeating this exercise several times, make a slight modification, still avoiding eye contact with your dog. Your helper should pet the dog before giving him his food prize.

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