Management tips for aggressive dogs & cats

Posted by Ally Cohen on

  • An aggressive pet is an unpredictable pet and no two animals will respond the same way to a particular remedy. Any dog that has attacked another dog or shown aggression towards a human is a risk. An overtly aggressive pet should be assessed by a qualified pet behaviourist and appropriate measures taken to control the aggressive behaviour. Aggression Formula is best used in conjunction with advice from an animal behaviourist.
  • Remember, a dog that wags its tail is not always a friendly dog, likewise a purring cat might be purring because of stress. Any unfamiliar dog or cat must be approached with care!!
  • Ensure that your children know how to handle pets. Encourage them to always ask before they pet an unknown dog or cat and to stay well away from any animal showing signs of aggression.
  • If your pet suddenly becomes aggressive and no reason can be found, please take him/her to your vet for a complete check up to make sure that there is not an underlying health problem (such as pain that is causing him or her discomfort)
  • Remove aggression triggers if possible. For example, if your dog is aggressive around food or bones, feed him on his own in a different room.
  • Keep aggressive animals away from small children even if they have never bitten anyone before.
  • Check for any recent changes in your pet’s environment, which may have triggered his aggression, examples include a new baby or a job that keeps you away for longer periods than before.
  • Regular exercise is a good outlet for pent up emotions and will help to keep your pet healthy and fit. Remember to keep your dog on a lead at all times and consider investing in a muzzle if necessary.
  • Consult an animal behaviourist for insight into your pet’s problem. Your vet should be able to put you in touch with a recognized behaviourist
  • Ensure your pet is eating a balanced, high quality diet with plenty of raw and unprocessed food (preferably organic).

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