When your dog behaves aggressively towards other dogs, this causes considerable stress for both the dogs and you, as well as the owners of the other dogs.
There are some effective ways you can manage your dog's aggression and help him to become more balanced and calm when interacting with other animals.
Early socialisation is essential for dogs. If your dog is given the opportunity to get to know and interact with other dogs as a puppy, he will be less aggressive towards them later on.
If your dog is an adult and aggressive, it is also a good idea to introduce him to other dogs slowly and gently so that he gets used to their presence.
Training and control
Proper training and behaviour control will help to manage your dog's aggression. Teach him the commands "Sit!", "Stay!", and "No!" so that you can control his behaviour when necessary.
If your dog shows signs of aggression, use these commands to bring him back to a calm state!
Identify the source of aggression
It is important to understand what triggers your dog's aggression. It may be that your dog is territorial, jealous or afraid of something. If you know the source of the aggression, you can work more effectively to resolve it.
Avoid situations that provoke aggression
While you are working on dealing with your dog's aggression, avoid situations that may provoke aggression.
For example, if you know your dog reacts aggressively to certain breeds or sizes of dogs, avoid these dogs during walks until your dog's behaviour improves.
Consult a professional
If your dog continues to be aggressive towards other dogs, you should consult a professional!
A dog behaviour expert or a professional dog trainer can help you understand your dog's behaviour and teach you how to deal with aggression.
Managing aggression is a long process and requires patience. Always remember that your dog's safety and well-being is your priority, so be patient and go at your dog's pace!
With consistent training and the right support, your dog will be able to overcome aggression and respond more calmly to the presence of other dogs.