Aggression could be considered normal or abnormal depending on the context. Aggression can be successfully treated and managed. To do this, however, it is critical to diagnose the type of aggression and its ‘triggers’ – the stimuli that provoke the aggressive behaviour.

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It is often just a phase

Just as children like to explore the world with their hands, puppies like to explore the world with their mouths. Mouthing is a common and normal behaviour in most young puppies. Mouthing behaviour is rarely aggressive and not intended to cause harm. As puppies are usually highly motivated to exhibit this type of behaviour, attempts to suppress or stop it are unlikely to be successful unless you give your puppy an alternative behaviour. If you are still concerned, be sure to speak with your local vet so they can assist you further.

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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