Majority of Pet owners, Vets and dog breeders believe that a well-trained dog is safe, even with this comment is applied to the Powerful breeds such as Dobermans, Pitbulls, Rottweilers and German Shephards.
In South Africa, the most feared breeds in order as follows:
- Bull Terrior
- German Shephard and Pitbull
However, when surveys are carried out, more than 2 thirds of people believe that any breed can be safe if the dogs are well trained. The words “well trained” is a very subjective term as I see cases with dogs that have been to dog training school and can do commands with treats perfectly but yet have developed aggression issues that cause and strike fear into the owners and guests. This is due to dog training not being dog psychology but human psychology thereby, creating mixed messages between the owner’s understanding and the dog’s understanding. The good news is, that when I’m called into such cases this is quickly and easily rectifiable when working with and guiding the owner. Continue reading
When I sit down with clients for a case relating to a puppy, teenager or adult I always highlight how in the wild, a dog’s very survival depends on a strong, stable and organized Pack, where every member knows its place and follows the rules established by the Pack Leader. The Pack instinct is perhaps the strongest motivator for a dog. I train the humans that in order to properly fulfill both our dogs and ourselves, we each need to become our dog’s Calm Assertive Pack Leader. This starts by us mimicking the rules, boundaries and limitations set by the mother and how she enforces discipline with her pups. This is vital as a dog that doesn’t Trust its human to be a good Pack Leader becomes unbalanced and often exhibits unwanted or anti-social behaviors. In rehabilitating unbalanced dogs and re-training their owners to better understand how to see the world through a dog’s eyes. I counsel people to calmly, assertively and consistently give their dogs rules, boundaries and limitations to establish themselves as solid Pack Leaders and to help correct and control unwanted behavior. I don’tt believe in “quick fixes”. Though changing some behaviors can appear to happen in a relatively short period of time, none of those changes will “stick” unless the human acts consistently with his or her puppy/teenager/dog every day to keep unwanted behaviors from returning. In my opinion, no one should ever hit or yell at a dog to correct unwanted behavior.
When using touch to communicate displeasure or snap a dog out of an escalating behavior, “touch” never ever means “hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Puppies and most dogs are very responsive to touch at the level of the kind of light tap you might use to get a friend’s attention in a darkened cinema or loud party. Touch a puppy on the side of his neck on the muscle or on the side of his hindquarters. Use a claw-shaped hand, which mimics a mother’s bite on the side of the neck, on the muscle, not on the throat. Continue reading