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    What to do if your dog displays aggressive traits and how to deal with a dog fight

    Dogs really are ‘man’s best friend’ - they are loyal, devoted, loving, fun, friendly and intelligent. It can therefore be heartbreaking and confusing when your beloved dog shows some aggressive traits.

    Aggressive behaviour in dogs includes biting, growling and lunging towards other dogs and people. This behaviour can also come with some displays of fear such as tucking the tail under, backing away or crouching.

     Causes of aggression in dogs

    Unlike people, dogs are not aware of displaying a tough or hard image, or the attraction of notoriety - their aggression is a natural response.

    There are a number of things that can cause aggression, including:

    • A past history of abuse and neglect

    • An owner's behaviour

    • Fear

    • A natural instinct to protect status with the ‘pack’ and territory

    • Pain

    How to deal with aggressive behaviour

    Find out the cause of the aggression

    You can not change the aggressive behaviour of a dog unless you find out what is causing it, so that you can stop the cycle. Some dogs are aggressive towards strange dogs, whilst others growl if they are eating to protect their food.

    How to break up a dog fight

    It's a mistake to say that your dog simply won't ever fight. It’s not whether you have a good or bad dog - it is all about how two dogs’ personalities interact. It may be that another dog has attacked your dog, so you still need to know how to deal with this frightening situation.

    If the aggression comes from your dog, the crucial point is to stop the aggressive behaviour before it escalates into contact with another dog.  

    Signs that show that a fight might be imminent include:

    • An unwavering stare at the other dog

    • Lips pulled tight against the teeth

    • Tail held stiffly up or down

    • Dominant movements such as mounting

    • Stiff movements

    If it is not possible to nip the fight in the bud and the fight has already begun, figure out which dog is at the high level of dominance and focus on that dog, trying to touch that dog’s ribcage so force the dog to open his mouth and therefore let go of the other dog.

    Act calmly, quickly and assertively and use a loud voice to command and pull the dominant dog up from the hind legs. You have to make sure you do this from the back and pull up, or you could be accidentally bitten.

    Do not get in between the dogs as you will get hurt. Throw water on them or put a barrier between them if you can, such as a blanket, dustbin lid or piece of cardboard - anything that you can see in the moment that can do the job.

    If there is another person there, focus on one dog each.

    Managing aggressive behaviour

    In most cases you will be using positive reinforcement to teach your dog new behaviour with lots of treats and praise. For example, reward your dog with a treat and praise if they show courage in a situation that scares them and repeat the process as many times as you can.

    Positivity is key!

    Shouting at a dog can mean the dog feels the innate need to defend itself by biting.

    A dog growling is a warning. If you punish a dog for growling, next time he may skip that part and simply go in for the bite.

    If you are anxious and pull tighter on your dog’s lead when another dog comes near, your dog will soon get into the habit of seeing other dogs as a threat.

    Punishing your dog for aggressive behavior can make the situation worse. They will then bark and pull on the lead to try and scare the other dogs away, so that they don’t get punished again. The other dogs will naturally see this as threatening and potentially go in to attack.

    If you are happy and relaxed when you see other dogs, your dog will sense this and no longer see them as a danger.

    Consistency is important and this is going to take some time. Seek professional help from a dog behaviourist or psychologist if you are struggling.

  2. This information has been taken from Pivotal Health Website

    Almost as soon as the therapeutic effects of Central Reverse Polarity had been discovered, the early Bioflow bracelets for humans have been used to help dogs.  A dog collar was the second design and dogs have been benefiting ever since. The modern CRP disc unit is available in two sizes and three colours of dog collar.

    As so many vets, breeders, trainers and owners say: it works!The Bioflow system is particularly effective in relieving stiffness and pain from hip arthritis, prevalent in so many breeds, but it can be used to aid many other conditions. If improving blood functions might help your dog, Bioflow is worth a try under the 90-day trial.

    Bioflow Magnetic Therapy Dog Collar is made from tough woven nylon webbing, with a high-impact resin clip, free-end tidy, and Bioflow Central Reverse Polarity therapy module.  There is a stainless steel D-ring for attaching an identity tag or a lead.  Both sizes of collar are very long to fit any dog, and the webbing can be cut to length with a hot knife or scissors and sealed if there is too much over. For details of how the CRP magnetic therapy system works, continue reading.

    MAGNETIC STRENGTH

    The large collar has the same CRP therapy module as most human Bioflows; the small one is about half that power.  We recommend that you use the large collar if it is not too broad for your dog’s neck.  Length of collar is immaterial, as it can be trimmed to size.  As the module is rated as a ‘Class 1 Medical Appliance’ for humans of any age, guaranteeing it to be harmless, the same applies to dogs.  However, do note that it may cause problems for people with a magnetically-set implant such as a heart pacemaker; placing the inner face of the module close to such a device is NOT RECOMMENDED.

    SIZES

    The large dog collar - 21mm wide web - can fit any dog or other animal up to about sheep-size, with up to a 650mm (25½ inches) neck.  The small collar - 16mm wide web - for necks up to 450mm (17¼ inches).  The large dog collar has the same high-power CRP module as in our bracelets for people, the small the same as for children - about half that power.  We recommend you to use the large collar if your dog is not so small that the wider collar web, 21mm wide, will be constricting.  This will only matter for very small dogs, smaller than, say, a Jack Russell.  If you have a toy dog, the Cat Collar may be more suitable.

    More information below

    USING YOUR DOG COLLAR

    The collar is best worn continuously, but we recommend at least eight hours a day. While it’s not guaranteed totally waterproof, we at Pivotal have never seen one fail, even on active water dogs. It can be washed as needed.  If you’re cautious, remove the CRP module and wipe it clean, while the rest can be chucked in a washing machine with other things and given a cool wash - probably best in a mesh bag.  

    As the collar works mainly through conditioning your dog’s blood, we suggest that you keep the CRP module right over one of the carotid arteries in the neck as much as possible.  (To find your own, feel either side of your windpipe.)  Here’s how we suggest that you get the collar in the best place:


    Try the Bioflow Dog Collar on your dog to get the best fit.  Adjust it to be as tight as you can without throttling him, and if the throat fur is thick, fit the collar under it as much as possible.  You might even choose to trim a ring of long neck hair shorter, while keeping the breed look.  The idea is that the CRP magnetic unit is as close to the skin as possible, and over the carotid artery is best of all.  Then cut off the surplus nylon webbing and seal the end; we use a hot knife to cut, melt and seal it all in one; you could use a small flame (like a cigarette lighter) after cutting with strong scissors or a craft knife.  If you’re not sure of the best fit at first, leave extra; likewise if you might want to use it on a larger dog later. Spare length can be tucked into the tidy clip on the collar.  The webbing is deliberately long - farmers use these collars on sheep!

    This is how we suggest you arrange the collar.  Position the steel D-ring either at the top of the neck as if you were fitting a lead, or right at the bottom as you would for a tag. Slide the CRP module along to cover a carotid artery in the neck. Then, when your dog is wearing the collar, you’ll know if the CRP module is in the best place if you can see the ring at the top or bottom, whichever place you chose.  It isn’t crucial to fit it this way, but we at Pivotal think that the therapy is improved if you can cover the artery, and this is a good tell-tale for it.  Do experiment, though, to get the fit and usability that suits you and your dog.

    If you have a dog that pulls on the lead, we don’t advise using the Bioflow Collar with a lead. Its resin clip is strong, but not that strong!  Instead, use a separate steel- or brass-buckled collar for control or, best of all, a chest harness.

    TIP: if your collar breaks or you want to use a special collar, simply swap the therapy module to your own choice of collar (as long as it fits!)   The cost of a Bioflow collar is mainly in the therapy system, not the webbing or clip.

    Magnetic Collars can help with - 

    Acoustic Nervosa, Acne. ADHD, Agoraphobia, Algodystrophy, Angina, Anaphylactic Shock, Ankylosing Spondilosis, Anti-inflammatories, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Bee Stings, Blocked Arteries, Boils, Bursitis, Bronchial Asthma, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Catarrh, Cartilege Problems, Cerebral Palsy, Cervical Spine Pain, CFS, Chilblains, Cholesterol, Circulation Problems, Cramp, Crohn’s Disease, Curvature of the Spine, Damaged Vertebrae,Deep Veil Thrombosis, Depression, Diabetes Type 1, Diabetes Type 2, Dyspraxia, Earache, Eczema , Energy Loss, Epilepsy, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Frozen Shoulder, Glandular Fever, Golfer’s Elbow, Gout, Guillian Barre Syndrome, Haemorrhoids, Hair Loss, Hay Fever, Headaches, Heart Strain - Blocked Arteries, High Blood Pressure, Hip Problem, Hip Replacement Pain, Housemaid’s Knee, HRT, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Jet Lag, Kidney Problems, Knee Problems, Knee Replacement Pain, Labyrinthitis, Low Blood Count, Lupus, Lymphedema, Lymphadenoma, ME, Meniér’s Disease, Menopause, Menstrual Cramps, Migraine, Mouth Ulcers, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, Myopic Migraine, Neck Problems, Nickel Allergy, Nosebleeds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoid Osteoma, Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Period Pains, Phantom Pain (amputation), Pins & Needles, PMT, Post Polio Pain Syndrome, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Prostate Cancer, Pregnancy, Prolapsed Disc, Psoriasis, Psioriatic Arthritis, Raynaud’s Disease, Renal Failure, Rheumatism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Disorder, RSI, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Sea Sickness, Septic Toenails, Shingles, Sight - Retinal Veil Occlusions, Sinusitis, Sjogrens Syndrome, Sleep Apnoea, Smell, Smoking, Snoring, Spastic Oesophagus, Speech, Spinal Degeneration, Spinal Stenosis, Spincerebellar Ataxia, Spondylitis, Swallowing Problems, Swollen Fingers, Tendinitis, Tennis Elbow, Tenosynovitis, Thrombosis, Tinnitus, Travel Sickness, Ulcers, Ulcerative Colitis, Varicose Veins, Warts,Whiplash.

    With that list, its worth getting yourself one too!

    Pivotal explain much more about the benefits of the collars and the bracelets for us humans, so their website is worth a read.

    You can purchase BioFlow collars by following this LINK.