Aggressive 5 month old blue heeler!


I have a pure bred blue heeler who is aggressive to anyone or any other pet that he has not yet interacted with before. I can't even take him for walks with out him getting aggressive and savage towards even people. What do I do to get him out of this habit? I smack him and say no but he won't listen.

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Your Correction Is Not Firm Enough
by: Adam G. Katz

Yes-- you can fix this. It's what we call "dog aggression" (in contrast to handler aggression).

You need to focus on two things:

1. Teach your dog to walk on a loose leash around all distractions. If he's on a loose leash, he cannot be paying attention to you and the other dog or a person at the same time. It's either one or another, and if the leash is loose, then he has to watch you because he cannot FEEL the tension in the leash, where you are.

2. You'll need to learn how to give a motivational correction, so that he clearly understands that this behavior is unacceptable. If he already knows that it's unacceptable, then the issue is that your correction is not firm enough, or you're not using the proper training collar (or it isn't fitted correctly!)

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