Old sign stating, Danger in red follwed by the phrase Beware of the dog

Living with an aggressive dog 2

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by Erik Prins

12/04/2023

Managing the risk

What is very important when trying to deal with an aggressive dog is that you understand the potential triggers. Additionally, being aware of the environment he is in and the safety of all involved. In my case, my young daughter, my wife and my other two dogs.

I did not just have a muzzle on him 24/7, but I also had to consider how I would leave them when I had to go shopping or a children’s party. At first, I kept them in separate rooms using a child gate to avoid them meeting by chance.

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Mentally tiring

Some of these management strategies were quite a mental burden. You are constantly on the alert, it feels like a constant fight or flight mode and you are just not sure what you will find. It is making sure you have closed that door and you might even double-check that you did. After you walked Josh did you place the muzzle back on him, better check.

These continuous thought processes are tiring. I remember, coming back with the family and saying ‘Ohh I hope they have not killed each other, or are they all alive and nothing has happened?’ This is the emotional roller coaster you can find yourself on, and it is not easy.

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About the Author

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Erik Prins

Hello, My name is Erik, I am a 3D (Dutch, Dyslexic, Diabetic), 55-year-old young man who lives with his wife, daughter and 3 Greyhounds in North Warwickshire. I volunteer as a dog trainer and run my own dog training and dog psychology business. I am proudly Dyslexic, please forgive my grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and you may be so lucky to experience my chaotic mind. I hope you will enjoy the content as it builds up over time.