Aggression in dogs is a serious issue and must be addressed quickly. Aggression could be considered normal or abnormal depending on the context. Aggression can be successfully treated and managed but it is also a very complex set of interrelated behaviours that will require professional support to understand.

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Consider a behavioural specialist

Consult your vet to get some help and advice. Your vet may refer you to a behavioural specialist for assessment and treatment. Your local RSPCA NSW veterinary hospital or shelter can also assist. RSPCA NSW recommends that any behaviour specialist you consult should practise positive reinforcement training techniques as the basis of any training. This simply means rewarding `good` behaviour and avoiding reinforcing `unwanted` behaviour.


Reward good behaviour

Use positive reinforcement training techniques as the basis of your training - reward `good` behaviour and avoid reinforcing `unwanted` behaviour. Seek professional help and advice from a reputable dog trainer or your local RSPCA NSW shelter or veterinary hospital. You could also speak with your local vet to find a responsible trainer in your area. Ensure the trainer only uses positive reinforcement training techniques.

Keep notes

Note down information around the times your dog has shown aggression and list events that happened directly before and after the event. Include where you and your dog were during these times as this will help your vet, trainer or behaviour specialist determine possible causes and provide a better solution strategy.

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