How to stop a dog from being aggressive to balls

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Aggressive behavior in dogs can be scary, especially if your dog isn’t friendly, to begin with. But this doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dog just yet!

The first step to reducing your dog’s aggression is to identify why he/she is behaving aggressively in the first place, and then set up an action plan to help alleviate the problem.

The following will help you figure out how to stop a dog from being aggressive to balls

how to stop a dog from being aggressive to balls

What makes dogs so obsessed with balls?


Dogs are attracted to balls because they are usually made of soft materials, have a pleasing smell, and make a noise when they are played with.

Dogs also like to chase after balls because it is instinctual for them to want to catch prey.

If a dog is feeling aggressive, it may start to growl or bark at the ball.

The best way to stop this behavior is to distract the dog with another toy or treat. You can also try teaching the dog tricks so that it will associate playing with balls as a positive experience.

Teaching your dog a few commands before you introduce balls will help reduce the chances of your dog becoming aggressive.

Try using sit or leave it in combination with giving treats until the dog becomes more comfortable around balls.

Help your dog find other interests:


There are several ways you can do this. One way is to give them an alternative toy that they are more interested in, like a chew toy or stuffed animal.

Another option is to train your dog how to play fetch without throwing a ball directly at him. Remember not to use punishment to curb bad behaviors; instead, give rewards for good ones!

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For example, if your dog is chasing after a ball but doesn’t touch it, say Good! and give him a small treat.

Alternatively, you can stop playing with the ball and start playing with them instead. Whatever you do, make sure that it’s fun for both of you so they don’t feel like they’re being punished.

You may also want to use some positive reinforcement techniques. For example, if they play nicely with the new toy for five minutes straight, offer them a treat as a reward!

You can try a treat jar by placing yummy treats on top of the jar and only giving them out when they behave themselves.

Use the high-value reward technique 

Another option is using what trainers call high-value rewards. These are things that your dog finds enticing, like small pieces of their favorite food or small bits of bacon.

Make sure you pair these up with something else, though, so he doesn’t always expect high-value rewards for doing nothing.

Try pairing one of his favorite activities with a high-value reward and see how much easier it will be to control his behavior.

If he likes sniffing around outside, get him a specially made hide-and-seek scent game from the pet store.

That way, every time he sniffs around for his prize, you’ll have something great waiting for him at the end of his adventure.

Use rewards to train your dog:

Dogs that are aggressive towards balls can be trained to stay away from them. The process will take time and patience, but it’s worth it.

Begin by setting the ball on the ground in a safe place, then offer the ball to your dog with the palm of your hand facing down.

When he goes for it, immediately snatch it away and say No! in a firm voice.

Then replace the ball with a treat and praise him when he takes it instead of going for the ball.

Be sure not to use food treats that are too small because you want your dog to have success every time he goes for the treat instead of just when he gets lucky and manages to get one from among many.

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Gradually increase the distance between you and the ball while still rewarding him if he stays away from it.

If your dog tries to go after the ball, tell him No! firmly, wait until he stops looking at it or touching it, and then show him a different toy or reward.

After doing this consistently for several days (or weeks), start to teach him that touching objects earn negative attention.

As soon as he reaches out to touch something near you like a toy or chair leg, say Ouch! That hurts! in an angry tone and act like you were hurt (or make some other noise) before giving the object back.

Train your dog using positive reinforcement:


Make sure you have an ample supply of treats in the house and a lot of patience. The key to training a dog not to be aggressive with balls is to do it slowly, so they can associate being near balls with something good.

Give them their treat, and then throw the ball close enough for them to touch it with their nose.

Once they touch the ball, give them another treat and make sure they catch the ball in their mouth by saying good catch.

Gradually make it more difficult for them by throwing the ball further away or making them move around before getting rewarded.

Keep going until you are throwing the ball across the room and giving treats for catching it as soon as possible.

If they’re still acting aggressively when trying to take the ball out of your hand, try again but this time tell them out before handing over the treat.

If that doesn’t work either, keep some treats nearby and every time your dog tries to take a bite out of the ball say ouch! in a playful voice and then hand over a treat.

Use patience while training:

You’ll need to be patient while training your dog not to be aggressive to balls. Start by gradually introducing your dog to balls, letting them sniff and play with the ball a bit before you start throwing it.

When you do start throwing the ball, make sure to do it slowly at first so as not to startle your dog.

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If your dog does show signs of aggression, calmly stop playing and put the ball away. Try again another day.

With patience and consistency, you should be able to train your dog not to be aggressive around balls.

Make sure that they have time to explore the ball and get used to the sensation of being hit or kicked.

Teach your dog how to behave around balls:


Start by teaching them that the ball is just a toy. Let them get their nose, mouth, and paws on it and play with it for a few minutes without giving it back.

If they are being gentle, let them play with the ball. Give a verbal cue like chase or fetch and then release the ball so they can chase after it.

Praise him when he picks up the ball.

Repeat this process a few times. When he grabs the ball, give him praise but don’t immediately reward him with the ball because you want to teach him that not having the ball doesn’t mean that he doesn’t get anything in return.

When he has been playing for about 10-15 minutes, take away his toy and replace it with a treat from your hand.

Repeat this process until your dog learns how to behave around balls!

One of the most important tips I’ve learned in my many years as a dog owner is that training always needs to be done through positive reinforcement.

Some people believe in punishment-based training methods but punishment never taught my dogs what behaviors were unacceptable–it simply made them afraid of me. 

Since we still wanted our dogs to be able to be near us, even if they had already messed up, we had no choice but positive reinforcement techniques since the punishment wasn’t going to work.

As soon as your pup makes progress toward learning how to behave around balls you need to reinforce it right away–which means more treats!


Dogs can be trained not to attack objects. A ball has been made specifically for dogs, it has a hole in the middle so they can pick it up without biting it.

As with anything else, if you want your dog to stop doing something, simply train them not to do it and make sure that the situation is under control at all times.

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