Do you have a dog that barks or snaps at strangers and other dogs? Some people believe that certain breeds of dog such as Pit Bulls or Doberman Pinschers are more aggressive, but we know it comes down to an individual dog’s personality. In the nature vs. nurture debate, it is understood that nurture (environment) has a much stronger impact on personality than the genetics (nature) of a particular canine. This means that a knowledgeable canine training center can alter your dog’s behavior through training and socialization.
Most people do not realize that a barking or snapping dog may be experiencing fear or anxiety rather than any overt aggression. Like humans, each dog has individual fears. Some people are naturally afraid of heights while others skydive. Similarly, some dogs are afraid of unfamiliar dogs or people while others are friendly and playful with strangers.
For both humans and dogs, one of the best ways to get over a fear is through exposure. I am not saying that you should just take your dog to the dog park and let them run free. That is dangerous to both your dog and the other dogs at the park. Your best option for helping your dog overcome social is to take them to a dedicated canine training center. These centers create a safe and stable area to train your dog.
Canine training centers are staffed by experienced dog trainers that know how to socialize your dog while eliminating the dangers faced in other environments such as the dog park or a public area. Like all forms of behavior modification, there are many different techniques to reduce a dog’s anxiety level. Because all dogs are different, trainers will create a customized socialization tailored to your dog’s needs. These customized programs are perhaps the most important advantage a canine training center has over traditional forms of dog training and are often effective in eliminating aggressive acts. This training results in a well-behaved and less anxious dog.
For more information on how our canine training center can help socialize your dog, contact Long Island-based Canine Commander.