Teaching a Dog to Look at People to Get Treats Instead of Lunging at Them

By: David Codr

Published Date: August 2, 2019

Titas - Teaching a Dog to Look at People to Get Treats Instead of Lunging at Them

For this Omaha dog training session we help 9 year-old Great Pyrenees mix Titus stop acting aggressive to people he doesn’t know.

As a dog behaviorist, whenever I work with aggressive dogs, I try to set things up for success by meeting outside and using lots of positive reinforcement. Most of the time this helps a dog feel relaxed enough to meet without reacting and we were able to achieve that state of mind for this session.

Once we got inside, I had our Behavior Apprentice Hunter film an exercise I use to help aggressive dogs stop reacting to people or things. You can learn how to use this trick to stop dogs from acting aggressive in the free positive dog training video below.

Many dogs act aggressively to mask fears and anxiety and I think that was the case here with Titus. I don’t think he is an aggressive dog, he was just confused about what his humans wanted from him and anxiety had amplified his fears until he discovered acting tough made people back away.

I shared a ton of tips to stop his aggressive dog behavior and how to help him relax and stop feeling anxious during this in home Omaha dog training session. To help the guardians remember them all, we shot a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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