Dog Gets Aggressive and Bites When Disciplined – How to Correct

Disciplining your dog can be a difficult process, especially if your dog is trying to bite you while you are disciplining him. There are several reasons why your dog might be coming at you in this way, and you need to understand it in order to get this behavior to stop. It’s important that you follow these steps below in order to help prevent your dog from biting you during discipline time.

1. Use the Right Intensity When You Correct the Dog

You want to make sure you are using the right intensity when you correct your dog. The intensity you show should be just a little more than the intensity of the dog. If you are disciplining your dog but you find him shaking or cowering in fear, then you know you’ve went too far. The dog coming at you as if he is going to bite you might be a sign your intensity is too strong. He is likely biting you or trying to bite you out of fear.

It’s crucial that the intensity you are going for is just enough for your dog to listen to you and stop the behavior you are trying to correct. Too little intensity and your dog won’t stop the behavior, and will just ignore you. You must realize that too much intensity could just cause fear in your dog, which causes acting out such as biting.

2. Redirect the Dog’s Bad Behavior

You should be redirecting your dog instead of punishing the dog’s behavior, which will help prevent your dog from biting you. There are many different ways to do this including using a pop can and put some pennies in the can. When your dog is doing something bad, shake up the can and then say “No!” and praise your dog when he stops the behavior. You also can say “No!” and give your dog another item to focus his attention on instead, such as a chew toy.

Other ways you can redirect is to use positive association and reinforcement. You want to teach your dog simple commands and then reward your dog when he listens to you. The rewards can be anything from treats to toys, and will vary depending upon what motivates your dog. Say something such as “Leave It!” and then give your dog a treat when he stops the behavior.

Once he has that part down, don’t give treats every time and just use the commands. Your dog will want to listen to the command in hopes they will get a reward for being good. Keep practicing the redirection and rewarding in order to train your dog to stop bad behavior, but don’t use the phrases unless it’s a bad behavior you want your dog to stop.

3. Discipline the Dog Immediately

You want to make it easier for the dog to understand and also associate which behavior he is being disciplined for, so immediate discipline is important. If you discipline the dog as soon as the behavior happens, he is more likely to grasp which behavior you find unacceptable. Your dog will not learn the behavior is unacceptable if you discipline him way after the fact.

Discipline way after the fact will only confuse your dog and lead to distrust between you and him. When your dog acts like he is about to bite you, that is when you discipline him, and not an hour later or even five minutes later. The quicker you are act correcting the behavior when it’s happening, the easier it will be to train your dog to stop that behavior.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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