Can An Aggressive Dog Be Rehabilitated?
In most cases, an aggressive dog can be rehabilitated. Even when the aggression stems from long-term abuse, there is still hope with the right treatment.
First Steps in Rehabilitating an Aggressive Dog
If you're dealing with an aggressive dog, be hopeful—but don't ignore the problem. Aggression isn't going to go away on its own. You need to actively deal with the issue and find the right help from your vet or a skilled, experienced animal behaviorist.
The first thing you need to do is find professional help, and let them guide things from there. Look for someone who specializes in working with aggressive dogs. A general dog trainer may not have the skills to handle the needs of an aggressive dog.
Note that if the behavior came on suddenly, it's likely a medical issue. In that case the aggression will likely cease once the medical problem is addressed.
Until you can get help, keep your dog away from the situations that trigger the aggression. Also, isolate your dogs from other people, children, and other pets. The last thing you want is for your dog to attack or bite someone. Protecting your dog from situations in which that could happen is the responsible thing to do.
Be patient with your dog, follow the advice and guidance of the animal behaviorist, and give your dog every chance at the happy, healthy life he deserves.
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