Tips for Training Your Dog with Aggressive Behavior
* Identify the source of your dog's aggression. * Don't' punish aggression with more aggression. * Praise your dog when she displays submissive behavior. * Seek professional training advice if your dog's aggressive behavior gets out-of-hand. * Do not endanger the safety of others if you are not yet confident in your dog's behavior.
Aggressive dog behavior can lead to unpleasant situations where, at best, you are embarrassed by your dog's actions and, at worst, another dog or person gets hurt. With proper dog behavior training you can work to eliminate this problem and have a well-mannered dog before you know it.
You shouldn't have spanked the dog for peeing in the house to begin with, because now it associates you as someone to fear. It bites out of fear. Are you moving too fast for the dog's comfort? Move more slowly and have a treat in your hand. Show your dog the treat and move slowly towards it saying, "Good boy." When your dog looks mad, pull away. Every time it relaxes, tell it good boy and move closer with the treat showing. When you get close enough and your dog doesn't growl, treat it.
As a certified dog trainer, and the Assistant General Manager for a very successfull and reputable dog care facility in which I maintain a pack upward of 100 dogs by MYSELF with no cages or muzzles, I have to comment that both posts above do not advise correctly. (In my opinion of course)
NEVER praise a dog for showing signs of submission, simply accept the submission, and encourage future submission by being a stong leader with clear commands and a set routine/structure.
DO NOT use treats to train your dogs behavioral commands (come, stay, down, etc.) only tricks, if at all. (Id prefer not, it is not a reliable form of teaching, nor is it healthy for your dog.)
NEVER say "Good Boy" in an effort to convince your dog of something. To the dog it can inadvertently encourage the wrong behavior or feeling, and it can also "coddle" the dog which can make you appear as a weak leader, which in turn causes the dog to disrespect you. "Good Boy" should ONLY be used when your dog is in a good/positive state of mind, such as after retreiving a ball, or coming back when called on the first try. NOT when you are trying to tell the dog which behavior you expect and your not getting a response.
If you have any specific scenarios youd like to discuss, Im happy to answer any questions. Im relatively new to birds (last 3 1/2 Years) and I also deffer to people with more knowledge to help me learn more, so since dogs are my specialty/profession I am happy to pass on the karma!
I suppose though in the end, training dogs is like raising kids, everyone has an answer, they're not all right or wrong, they are just a way to do things. No offence to the previous poters!