TIP #1: AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR
Dog aggression is normal and natural - and it doesn't help that "aggression" just sounds so scary...evoking images of dog fights and maulings.
Truth is, aggression is very common. It's not some condition that affects certain dogs. All dogs can become aggressive when they're scared, threatened, or when they misunderstand a situation.
More problems happen when we humans fail to understand what our dogs are trying to tell us. A dog can look awfully "cute" when they're trying to tell us they're frightened. And when someone he feels threatened by comes in for a pat…SNAP…they get bitten.
- Whole Dog Journal
So what do we do when our dog (over) reacts?
TIP #2: R.E.A.C.T
Dogs growl, snarl, and snap when they perceive a threat they can't avoid or escape. If things go wrong, R.E.A.C.T.
Retreat to a safe distance.
Evaluate the situation
Adjust your plan.
Capture desired behaviors
Treat: you get what you reinforce!
- 4Paws University
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI