Dog and Puppy Aggression

Very few dogs are naturally aggressive.

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Risky behaviors result when a dog becomes unbalanced. They are not born with issues. 

Create TRUST in a Fearful Dog, RESPECT in a Dominant Dog

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We identify and address the usually 3 to 4 root causes which are feeding your dog's risky distressing behaviors. A strategy is then developed to help your dog learn new ways to think, react, and "live in his own skin " with calm relaxation. 

You learn to read and manage the early warning signs of your dog's escalating body language and to use PREVENTION instead of INTERVENTION. 

Get the Help of a Professional

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Do not try to work with an aggressive dog on your own.  Schedule a Houston Dog Whisperer home behavior consult to get started.  If your dog is a Red Zone case, we may suggest that your pup come stay with us for a rehab. 

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Top 6 Causes of Dog Aggression

Dog Aggression

1. Fear and Anxiety

A dog who is anxious, fearful, nervous, or insecure has not learned to cope with new or unfamiliar situations. Instead of staying in his happy-go-lucky family pack drive, he is going into his fight or flight defense drive. Mother nature created dogs to adapt by using coping mechanisms. Our job is to help the dog learn and move forward instead of steering away from and avoiding the situation or source of fear.

2. Poorly Timed Affection

When we provide a dog with loving eye contact, touch or talk, we are rewarding him for whatever he is currently thinking, feeling, doing. It's cute when the puppy jumps up to greet us. It's not so cute when the 90 lb dog launches his body on our head. But our  papast affection has taught the dog that we desire this dominant behavior.

 We do not ask you to love your dog any less, just teach you to carefully time your affection. 

3. Frustrated Pent Up Energy

A big back yard is not heaven for a dog.  It's a large bathroom and a place to stretch his legs. The yard is an extension of the house's containment and isolation. 

Dogs are very social animals. They need positive physical and mental with the daily walk and socialization  exercise outings. They are not meant for solitary confinement. 

Dogs naturally know how to relate to other dogs. They fall off the apple cart of stability when deniedthe chance to regularly polish their social skills with other dogs, and if their owner becomes stressed when around other dogs.

4. Unchecked Dominance

Dominant dogs naturally promote themselves into the CEO suite  unless leaders set rules to keep them in the mail room. They claim ownership of the home and everything in it including people, kids, other pets, furniture, toys, food and guests.

 Dominant dogs tend to become quite protective and territorial if they are not given boundaries. If your dog is putting his paw on you, his head on you, jumping on you he owns you and all in the home. Get our help with a home behavior consult.


Do not allow dog "play fighting!"

  • Pawing, head on top of, mounting, jumping on, body slamming, nipping, biting,  tug of war
  • Dictating who ranks higher in the pack
  • Practicing fighting skills for joining the pack to kill prey and drive out intruders 

Humans set rules for dogs including that they treat each other with respect at all times. We do not allow them to set rules for one another. 

5. Being Humanized and Coddled

When any animal is treated in a way that is not consistent with his true identity in nature, he becomes unstable... especially if denied the company of his own species.  

A dog is not a teddy bear with a heart beat. He is:

1.  Animal 

2.  Canine

3.  Breed

4.  Individual 


He is meant to walk and use his four legs to walk and travel in his territory, to enjoy the company of his pack and his own species, and to be enjoy the safety and security of what is love for dogs:

1.  Knowing his exact place in the pack hierarchy. 

2.  Knowing how he is supposed to think and behave at all times. 

6. Anxious Nervous Owners

A scared anxious owner creates a nervous stressed dog. A calm assertive human creates a stable respectful dog. The good news is that the minute the human changes, the dog changes as well.

Dogs do not have ego's. They instinctually afford leadership respect to those best suited to helping them survive and thrive. 

Dog Handler with Weak Energy

Nervous - Vocal - Pessimistic 

Angry - Frustrated - Excited 

Rushed - Pitying  - Sad - Fearful 

Dog Handler with Leadership Energy

Instinctive -  Secure - In the Moment

 Relaxed - Silent - Harmonious with Nature

Patient - Confident - Wise