Although some people try to make their dogs even MORE aggressive, the majority looking to discover ways to teach an aggressive dog to be more submissive and tone down the behaviour of their pet. There's a lot of unique treatment options to be had and these depend to some degree on the reason for the aggressiveness in the beginning.
Causes of Aggressiveness
Some Dogs can even be born aggressive, but this is not typical. A few kinds of breed are particularly aggressive but there is no such thing as an untreatable breed. It can make matters a lot worse if irresponsible breeders choose to cross breed dogs with the purpose of producing an aggressive mixed- breed.
More often, a dog was not "born" aggressive, but actually learned to become that way due to abuse or an otherwise terrible upbringing.
Regardless of the reason, there isn't any such thing as an non- teachable canine. Do not believe the old saying that "you can't teach an old dog, new tricks". That is just an excuse for ineffective training or not training at all!
Establish YOU As The Boss
The important thing to taming an aggressive dog is always to offer it what it really desires - a pet owner to look up to. As tempting as it might be, you can't live at the same hierarchical level as the animal. The truth is, your dog will admire you less as a result of it.
Have you ever seen the tv program presented by Cesar Millan? He uses this tactic constantly with aggressive dogs and it never falls short.
Behavior Modification Approaches
Now there are a wide variety of tactics which might be used to inhibit hostile behavior in dogs. Probably the most uncomplicated is positive reinforcement. Positively encourage desired behavior and inversely dismiss your animal's undesirable manners (even though sometimes it is tough if an emergency situation warrants your speedy intervention).
No matter what you do, don't hit your pet. Really besides the truth that these actions are ruthless, your pet won't learn from your "chastisement" in the way that a human being might. You will not solve any hostile behavior problems practicing such a strategy.
Familiarization and desensitisation are similar methods of educating the animal to not respond to given things like when the mailman calls every day.
A few choose to restrain their dogs as opposed to retraining them (like using a muzzle). The challenge with restraint is that you aren't altering the actions of your dog whatsoever and they will still be a risk to kids, home guests and anyone else, even yourself.
Have a look at neutering/spaying the dog since this can have a striking effect on their aggressive demeanour. Did you know that over three-quarters of fatal dog bites are delivered by un- neutered male dogs? These processes aren't without risks, however. Neutered and spayed dogs have an increased possibility of getting some kinds of cancer along with thyroid, urinary and other health problems.