“Rehabilitating aggressive dogs is very difficult but it can be done. It can be done in your home as long as you can create an environment that reduces your dog’s stress”, says The Chicago Dog Coach. Here are three important points to creating the boot camp experience in your home.
• Your dog needs to live on your terms in your home.
From this point on, your dog needs to live in your home on your human terms, not his dog terms. Don’t think of this as taking anything away, instead think of this as adding good manners to your dog.
• Create a “chicago dog boot camp” environment for your dog in your home.
When people go into alcohol or drug rehabilitation settings for inappropriate behavior, they temporarily lose certain privileges. This is not done to punish them or to cause them pain, but to create a more simple, structured existence so they can devote time and energy to healing. This strategy works for aggressive dogs as well.
• Redefine “affection” for and with your dog
Dogs don’t hug and kiss each other. Dog affection is created via movement and games. So while your dog is in boot camp, when you have the urge to hug or kiss your dog–go on a walk!