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Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs
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Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs

Based on 9 reviews
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  • 3 hours, 30 minutes long
  • Released 2005
  • Instructor: Ed Frawley
  • Designed for adult dogs older than 12 months of age. Not intended for puppies or young adults
  • Also available as a self-study online course! CLICK HERE to sign up!
  • Immediate streaming access when purchased with Leerburg account
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The training in this DVD is designed for adult dogs older than 12 months of age. It is not intended for puppies or young adults.

Puppy biting has nothing to do with dog aggression. It is play drive and in some cases a reaction to prey drive. Prey drive is the instinct to chase and bite things that run away. This could be a tossed toy, a squirrel or a running child.

Prey drive is an inherited genetic drive. It's a factor that puppies are born with. Prey drive is more pronounced in some breeds than others. We see prey drive in puppies when they are allowed to chase kids whose parents allowed the children to run around in the backyard when the puppy is loose. Puppies should never be off leash around children.

This DVD provides 3 1/2 hours of information to help people solve their problems with dominant dogs and aggressive dogs. This information is based on 45 years of experience training dogs. For the last 30 years Ed Frawley has studied the art of protection training dogs. He was a police K9 handler for 10 years, and was chairman of the training committee for the WI police dog association for a number of those years. He has bred German Shepherds for police service work for 28 years. During this time, he has bred over 350 litters of working dogs. He has dogs from his kennel working in law enforcement, Search and Rescue and competing in Schutzhund all over this country.

You found this web page because you have a problem with your dog. You have also found out that "Everyone has an opinion on how to solve your problem." You only need to use Google for a few minutes to see this, or ask your neighbor or best friend. Everyone thinks they know what you should be doing. The problem is that very few people have the experience to back up their opinions.

Every year hundreds of thousands of dogs go through obedience training. The vast majority of dominant dogs that enter training classes come out of class just as dominant as before they started. The reason for this is that instructors and owners alike do not address issues of pack drive and rank within the pack.

These instructors and pet owners underestimate the genetic power of the "PACK DRIVE GENES" that flows through the veins of a family dog. Dogs, like wolves, seek to live in a family packs. A family pack can be one dog living with his human family, or multiple dogs and their human family.

When the average pet owner gets a new dog the owner's first goal is to show the dog how much he likes the dog. This is the absolute opposite of how dogs think. When a dog meets another dog they will always establish their rank with each other before they become friends and play (or fight) with the new dog.

Dogs instinctively try to establish a rank within their family pack. The vast majority of dogs would rather not be a pack leader. In fact, many become stressed when they are forced into that position by a human pet owner that does not practice proper pack procedures.

Dominant dogs are dogs that have problems with pack and rank issues. This DVD was produced to help people analyze their dog’s dominance and aggression problems. I provide the information for them to come up with a solution to those problems. These solutions include educating the owners on pack drive and rank drive.

Owners of dominant dogs don't have an option, they must learn to become pack leaders. Unfortunately, many people are not themselves leaders in their normal lives. Becoming a pack leader for some people is a foreign concept. In my DVD I explain a logical protocol for these pet owners to follow that will result in their dogs' changing the way they view their position in the family pack.

This DVD is a project I have been working on for over 5 years. In my opinion it may be the most important training DVD I have ever produced. More dogs are given up for adoption or euthanized every year because of dominance and aggression problems than any other reason. Not all of these dogs are salvageable but I believe the vast majority of dominance problems can controlled so that those dogs can live a better life with their family pack.

The information in my DVD is going to help you develop a road map to getting a grip on your dogs behavioral problems. If you are not physically strong enough or don't have the temperament to do the work necessary to solve the problem I believe that I have provided you the information needed to find a local person that is qualified to come in and help you.

It is important to point out that the vast majority of dog behaviorists are unqualified to offer advice on dog aggression and/or dominance. This DVD (and the eBook I am writing) provide enough information to help dog owners determine if an individual is qualified to assist in these areas. In fact, this DVD should be used by behaviorists, professional dog trainers, and veterinarians alike to learn how to handle their customers' problems.


  1. The work that is expected of pet owners before they start this program.
  2. Sixteen different forms of aggression are identified and explained.
  3. Four different targets of aggression are discussed
    • Aggression towards Owners
    • Aggression towards Family and Friends
    • Aggression towards Strangers
    • Aggression towards Other Animals
  4. When Does Dominance Start?
    • Understanding temperament in dogs and how it relates to dominance.
    • The role of genetics in dominance
  5. How to live with and handle a dominant puppy
  6. A section on EQUIPMENT needed to safely live with and train a dominant dog. This is an extremely important topic. It's one thing for a training aid to fail during obedience training. It is 100% a different thing for a training aid to fail during a handler attack or during an episode of dog aggression.
  7. Living with a Dominant Dog
    • The Ground Work to Becoming a Pack Leader
      • The importance of dog crates and how we use them in our home
    • The importance of Exercise as it relates to dominance
      • Dominant Dog Problems and walks
      • How to deal with Animal Aggression on Walks
      • The importance of a Protocol for YOUR WALK - the walk is YOUR WALK not the dog's WALK
      • Flat Collars vs Prong Collar vs Dominant Dog Collars vs Remote Trainers
    • Becoming a Pack Leader
      • How I establish pack leader status with my new dogs
      • How non-pack leaders can become pack leaders
    • Obedience training as it relates to Pack behavior
      • This DVD is not a substitute for "Basic Obedience training"
      • If you don't have my Basic Obedience DVD you will need to get it along with this DVD
    • Feeding A Dominant Dog - how to eliminate food aggression issues
  8. How to breakup a dog fight without getting hurt
    • How to Introduce a New Dog into a home with existing dogs
    • Alpha Rolls- what they are and why they are dangerous
    • Dog Parks - a very bad idea

What's the difference between this course, the DVD, and the stream?

DVD: 3 hours, 30 minutes (physical copy and immediate streaming access)

Stream: 3 hours, 30 minutes, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

Online Course: 69 videos (189 minutes), additional text content, discussion board, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

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We have a rescued pit bull mix that pulled on walks and was aggressive towards other dogs while on leash. He liked to slowly creep ahead of me while walking. He also would run to the corner of the backyard barking and growling at neighbors' dogs on the other side of the fence. He was fine in every other way, even with our other pit mix. We are experienced dog owners and never had a problem like this with any of our dogs before, so we were frustrated. After spending a lot of time on the website getting to know Ed's thinking, I bought the VOD.

The techniques worked instantly. On our first walk after watching the video, our dog no longer pulled, he walked calmly next to me not even thinking about getting ahead, and was able to keep his aggression in check. I agree with Ed that this will be a work in progress for many years, but walks have gone from being stressful to enjoyable. I realize now that the dog is what Ed describes in the video as a "hard dog" and that I was giving him too much leeway and respect and the dog, in turn, had not enough respect for me. A secondary effect of using Ed's techniques is that the dog is much more calm and compliant in the house. His entire body language is more relaxed and the energy level in the house has gone way down. This has been eye opening for me.

Thanks, Ed.

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By far, this is the most straight forward, no non-sense video about handling an aggressive dog. I have an 18 month old male Doberman that is very dominant and I was about to get rid of him. he was very dog aggressive and pretty much did what he wanted to do, despite the corrections I was giving him. I have been through 2 supposedly good trainers, and he was good when they were around, but until I started applying the techniques taught in this video, I had no luck in curbing his aggression and dominance when we were out of the classroom and their presence. get this DVD and APPLY the principles taught here and you will see a difference immediately! Especially the lesson on delivering good corrections. This one made all the difference for us. Now I have a happy and obedient dog that I can live with.

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This is another excellent video by Leerburg. This will help you to understand how a dog thinks, and if you follow the advice you won't have big problems with a dominant or aggressive dog.

FYI - there are MANY dominant and aggressive dogs that are SMALL dogs! I've had to rehabilitate many of these kinds of dogs after rescuing them from the pound; some were on death row for biting. You don't let "cute" little dogs bite when they're puppies. They'll wind up biting someone's face as an adult, and that will do some damage. I've used the information in this video in rehabilitating them, and it's sage advice that works beautifully!

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Most dog owners don't train their dogs very well, and most of the time they are lucky enough to not have big problems.

Those that do have serious problems commonly drop off the dog at the shelter for death, as they don't want to be bothered with actually training a dog.

This video offers another chance for aggressive dogs and their owners. It provides an understanding of dominant and aggressive dogs, and how to deal with them. For those viewers who think it's inhumane to choke-out a dog, they have never seen dogs regularly murdered in a shelter as I have (which is the commonly used, HIGHLY immoral alternative), nor have they dealt with trying to pry a dominant and aggressive dog off of another dog.

Considering the alternatives, this video is well worth the investment.

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Just watched this DVD. Learned a lot from it. Definitely a must see when training a dominant dog. Mr Frawley knows his stuff.

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Very informative video containing plenty of useful and sensible information, unfortunately the almost constant sales pitches for a variety of other videos and equipment detract from the overall experience, without the sales pitched you could probably halve the running time.

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I got the VOD version of this presentation after I had studied the 'Electric Collar Training For Pet Owners'. Both videos clarified concepts and skills I had a fairly good understanding of. I feel that the 'Dealing with Dominant Dogs' subject is the more important one to learn from first. Although a remote training collar is a useful tool for correction and cueing (Nick,continuous, and 'page' buttons), the understanding of dog behavior and 'dog logic' to its pack leader(s) provides a framework of understanding that makes a remote collar use more effective. I had used a more primitive electric collar many years ago to stop squirrel chasing and considered it only as a device to enforce 'leave it' at a distance. But a modern remote training outfit is affordable and much improved and made more versatile. The 'walk on a loose leash' training alone would make the cost seem small. I have come to understand now that a remote training collar is actually more effective and kind than a flat or choke collar or even a prong collar or head halter.

'Correcting to the level of obedience' presented here seems to be common sense to me, but I have noticed that most dog owners 'nag' their dog or try to 'cajole' it rather than assert leadership over the dog. Being a fair and consistent leader strengthens the relationship of trust and obedience between person and dog. And the presenter makes it clear that it is a kindness to the dog to correct 'pack behavior' consistently with no praise or reward versus rewarding compliance for an obedience command that the dog already knows well, but failed to obey.

This particular video is the only time in my adult life that I have been able to see and hear an experienced professional trainer explaining and illustrating the topics of dog dominance in detail. A very small number of people are involved in dog sports, obedience competition, or professional dog handling, but most families have a dog. This presentation refreshes and reinforces for me all the good techniques and clear understanding that I had gleaned in training classes up through CGC certification. As a 'rescue/rehome' volunteer who stresses getting an adopted dog into obedience class immediately (it's for the person!), I have seen here validation of what I knew (or was nearly sure) to be true. Only an experienced and rational pro can lay a context in which to fit our piecemeal skills and knowledge of different concepts.

The understanding and skills illustrated in this presentation provide a study, entertainment, and skill reference that every dog owner can use. The modest cost and relatively short time to view this video make it a resource that could save someone from destroying their dog (through abandonment or euthanasia) needlessly. By understanding dog dominance, it has helped me love dogs even more as their true nature is revealed. Our dogs can never understand themselves or explain what they need to their owners. The presenter has shared decades of experience, insight, learning, and skill development for all to understand a dominant dog as it is and not as we pretend or wish it to be.

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Excellent Video!!!!!!! I have been involved with Rottweilers since 1996. I have always tried to further my knowledge and abilities in dog training, and dealing with dominant and aggressive dogs no matter what the breed. I am very impressed with Ed's knowledge.

This video is well done and easy to understand. All too often it's the minor things we over look that make a big difference in the way we train our dogs, or our clients and their dogs. Thank you Ed, as I now have additional tools in my "tool box" to help deal with these issues.

Mike Laufer, Owner
Commander N Chief Rottweilers

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This was full of great information and training for my aggressive German Shepherd who is very protective of me (and also my service dog) and if you get near me she goes into her "Better back off from my mom" mode. After a few sessions of using the training on her, she is turning around and doing a whole lot better. This video is packed full of very important things. Follow the instructions and keep it up and you will see a difference in your dog(s). Depending on what you want from your dog(s), this DVD will certainly help. I love Ed Frawley!!!

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