POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT-Part Two

There is a growing number of requests for training puppies and dogs that pet parents are referring to as "aggressive." Yes, as expected, some are large or x-large breeds that have been adopted as adults but not all.  Most of the dogs in need of training are showing signs of aggression toward people or other dogs, guarding resources, overprotective of new pet parents, protective of immediate property, and aggressive toward guests entering their home; human or canine.

However, there is also a huge number of concerned pet parents requesting a professional dog trainer to modify aggressive behavior in young puppies as well as toy breeds and breeds known as "family dogs and dogs that are well suited for families with children" such as Golden Retrievers, Labs, Aussies and working-class dogs like Bernese Mountain Dogs.

So, with all that in mind, I have to ask myself two questions. One, is this a truly aggressive dog, or is it just being a puppy? Two, and here's my main concern, is there an increase of aggressive behavior running parallel with the incorrect use of Positive Reinforcement Training?  TO CONTINUE READING...

 

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