Most of what you read on the internet or hear people talk about dogs being aggressive…”being in charge or being dominant, controlling, alpha or submissive” is not true. Rather than being aggressive, your dog is more than likely afraid of something.
When your dog starts barking unnecessarily and excessively, should you begin shouting at him/her to be quiet? If they hear your irritation, will they understand that you want them to stop? Probably not! Your dog may interpret your loudness as you joining in his “fun”, and you most likely will stimulate him with your shouting. So that won’t help. So, what should you do?
Got a new puppy? How fun! Except when you come home and find one of your favorite shoes or one of your throw pillows in chewed to shreds all over the living room floor. This might not make you feel any better, but you’re in good company…most new puppy owners face the same situation.
Dogs are a lot like humans in the fact that no matter how “good” we/they are, there will be times when we misbehave and do something wrong. Here is where the similarity ends…we can change our own unwanted behaviors, but our dogs won’t know or be able to change theirs without our help.
Given the fact that our dogs want…