Q. I have a 7y.o female pug (spayed) she is aggressive and i cannot aford a trainer,any ideas?

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A. Try to determine and reduce or eliminate the offending stimulus (food aggression, territorial aggression, redirected aggression, etc.) . If that isn't possible, calming pheromone collars or sprays may be effective. Rule out injury or illness. This may require a visit to the vet for an exam. Correct the behavior with a stern "No" and start making her "work" for everything. This can be as simple as sitting and waiting for you before eating, playing or going outside. Do not allow her to initiate contact or play. You should begin deciding when to play, pet or otherwise interact with her. This puts you in a dominant position over her. Restrict her access to furniture and beds also, provide her a bed or area on the floor. Again, this removes her from being in a dominant position in the house. Be consistent and be firm.

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