tiva wrote:While you are working to find a trainer, you absolutely have to stop letting your dog interact with kids or strangers, and stop letting her scream at the glass door. Online, we cannot possibly evaluate such a potentially serious situation. You really, really need in-person, professional help immediately.
I noticed on your blog how adorable your dog is. And I also noticed how one of your children is hugging the dog around the neck. Please realize that most dogs really dislike being hugged, and it can stress a dog enough so that she snaps at the child.
tiva wrote:She's part of the "truly dog friendly" network, which usually means good things.
laurieellis27 wrote:I will work on finding dog trainer immediately. I'm in southern Illinois. Cosby has been hugged around the neck by my children since he was brought home. He has never acted out because of that. I'm keeping him away from strangers. I do hope this is something that can be fixed. He is very gentle with the kids. Ok. So dog trainer it is
laurieellis27 wrote: I'm gonna work double time with him in training. I hope I can pull this off. No dog trainers around here in podunkville unless u count petsmart.
On this, not so much. Using corrections in training is not the end of the world, and sometimes even get results a little faster... and in this situation, time is unquestionably of the essence. And yes, the results are just as reliable/ safe/ dependable/ lasting when the training is done by someone who knows what they are doing - just as with every training method.
TheRedQueen wrote:The dog stops acting out, but hasn't changed the feelings behind the behavior.
mnp13 wrote:You are welcome to jump
I believe you can correct a behavior without suppressing it.TheRedQueen wrote:The dog stops acting out, but hasn't changed the feelings behind the behavior.
I agree with you that this also needs to be addressed.
TheRedQueen wrote:My other issue with adding a correction is that it's soooo tricky to not add another element to the dog's aggressive behavior...meaning, it's hard to keep that correction from becoming *another* reason the dog uses for aggressing. "Wow collar pop...just as I was lunging for that small child...that makes that child DOUBLY awful now!"
My point was that in looking for a trainer to work with, there is no reason to categorically rule out trainers that happen to also use corrections as part of their repertoire.
tiva wrote:Recent peer-reviewed research does support the AVSAB's concern that physical punishment increases aggression in dogs:
Herron et al. Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2009; 117 (1-2): 47 DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2008.12.011
Prior to seeking the counsel of a veterinary behaviorist many dog owners have attempted behavior modification techniques suggested by a variety of sources. Recommendations often include aversive training techniques which may provoke fearful or defensively aggressive behavior. The purpose of this study was to assess the behavioral effects and safety risks of techniques used historically by owners of dogs with behavior problems.
A 30-item survey of previous interventions was included in a behavioral questionnaire distributed to all dog owners making appointments at a referral behavior service over a 1-year period. For each intervention applied, owners were asked to indicate whether there was a positive, negative, or lack of effect on the dog's behavior, and whether aggressive behavior was seen in association with the method used. Owners were also asked to indicate the source of each recommendation. One-hundred-and-forty surveys were completed. The most frequently listed recommendation sources were “self” and “trainers”. Several confrontational methods such as “hit or kick dog for undesirable behavior” (43%), “growl at dog” (41%), “physically force the release of an item from a dog's mouth” (39%), “alpha roll” (31%), “stare at or stare [dog] down” (30%), “dominance down” (29%), and “grab dog by jowls and shake” (26%) elicited an aggressive response from at least a quarter of the dogs on which they were attempted. Dogs presenting for aggression to familiar people were more likely to respond aggressively to the confrontational techniques “alpha roll” and yelling “no” compared to dogs with other presenting complaints (P<0.001). In conclusion, confrontational methods applied by dog owners before their pets were presented for a behavior consultation were associated with aggressive responses in many cases. It is thus important for primary care veterinarians to advise owners about risks associated with such training methods and provide guidance and resources for safe management of behavior problems.
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