mark asked in PetsDogs · 9 years ago

best dog training techniques?

Hi anyone out there got any good dog training techniques for getting my dog used to other dogs? shes a 6 year old staffordshire bull terrior who used to be brilliant with other dogs, but now she seems to see them as a threat!

9 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Best answer

    This issue isn't a matter for obedience training, it's an issue of behavior modification. Most aggressive behavior in dogs that I have observed as a professional trainer and behavior consultant are based in fear, as you suspect. One of the most effective methods for dealing with fear-related aggression is desensitization and counter-conditioning (D/CC) (1, 2). However, you should first take your dog to a good veterinarian for a thorough physical including blood workup. This is because some medical issues can manifest with aggressive actions as a symptom. If the vet gives a clean bill of health, then I recommend hiring a qualified dog behavior consultant or animal behaviorist (these are only vets who have a specialized training in animal behavior or graduates with a PhD in animal behavior). A good trainer with experience with dog aggression may be an appropriate alternative (ie, a qualified dog behavior consultant), just interview whomever you find to learn about both the quantity and QUALITY of their aggression experience and their education as well).

    To get an idea of what the way D/CC works, see Barbara Brill's description of the process or that from the ASPCA. (3, 4). To find a nationally certified professional dog trainer in your area, go to the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers ( or check out trainers at International Association of Animal Behavior Professionals ( or Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (

    As a final note, for a fearful dog, creating more fear by using choke or prong collars, or worse punishers than those two, is NEVER a good idea and NEVER EVER a method of first resort. Fear plus pain typically creates worse fears. I strongly suggest ignoring any such advice.


    Source(s): 1) (Dr. Suzanne Hetts) 2) (Bob Bailey) 3) (Barbara Brill) 4) (ASPCA) 5) CCPDT (; IAABC (; or AABP (
  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I'm a balanced trainer so I use a bit of everything. I start puppies out using mostly positive reinforcement and operant conditioning. As the puppy gets older and understands the commands, I start adding distractions and corrections.I feel that most successful trainers follow this same plan. I don't use any one method. I make the method fit the dog instead of making the dog fit the method. Clicker training is fine but too many people have no idea as to what they are doing when they use it. It takes timing. All to often I see people clicking for the wrong reason because there timing is off. I've seen aggressive dogs become more aggressive because the owner is clicking (rewarding) for the aggressive behavior instead of calm behavior. Then there are some dogs that are scared of the clicker. Personally, I use a marker word instead of a clicker. I can take my marker anywhere with me. I have a tendency to forget or lose the clicker. I have no problem with traditional training either. Again if the method is followed where the praise and correction is appropriate, it is a very good way to train. In fact, traditional training is very reliable which is why it is used by most working dog trainers. Again like any training method it can be abused in the name of training the dog. Like in clicker training, a knowledgeable dog saavy trainer makes the method look easy.

  • Kiley
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Hi, I understand that you are looking for some advice or resources to help fully train your dog or fix behavior problems. If a professional dog trainer is not an option at this time, or if you want to trt training your dog on your own (a great way to bond), I'd suggest you

    A friend recommened it to me a few years ago, and I was amazed how quickly it worked, which is why I recommend it to others. The dog training academy also has as an excellent home training course.

  • 4 years ago

    Proper training and socialization are some of your dog's most basic needs. Learn how to set a basic foundation before you begin to train your dog

    At first, dog training can seem pretty overwhelming, especially if this is your first dog. Truth be told, training your dog is a very big project. However, if you take it step by step, you will find the task to be far less daunting.

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  • 9 years ago

    the gentle leader has worked with my dog. it lets you keep control of their head motions therefore you can lead his whole body. i try using treats when other dogs come around i have him sit and ask him to be quiet. if he pays attention i give him a treat. you have to take little steps its not going to be easy. it takes time for him to finally walk by a dog and not go crazy. your first goal can be to make him feel comfy in the new leash my dog isnt too happy about it. then make him sit and have his attention with a special toy or a yummy treat . when a dog goes by nd he behaves well praise him and reward him. gain control over your dog. his instinct will always be there but you can train him to know whos the boss.

    choke collars can help collapse their tracheas since they dont realize theyre hurting themselves they CHOKE! its not good for the dog. and personally shock collars are not humane. everything is possible throught proper training.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago


    One of the best sites around is The Online Dog trainer. It has fantastic videos on establishing yourself as the pack leader and live better with your furry friend. Here is the link:


  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    I'd suggest an obedience class with a good trainer. That way, your dog'll learn basic commands and learn how to be around and be social with other dogs.

  • 9 years ago

    choke chain or shock collar

  • 9 years ago

    professional trainer

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