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Dog Aggression – Is it predictable? How do humans contribute to dog aggression? Are we responsible?

December 30, 2011


Dog Aggression - Is it predictable? How do humans contribute to dog aggression? Are we responsible? Part One Fighting between dogs is common and often normal dog behavior; however, we should be concerned how successfully we socialize our dogs, as well as consider the contextual environment and quality of where and how social interactions take place. I previously discussed, if using dominance as a construct was useful in intraspecific (dog-dog) and interspecific (dog-human) relationships see Dominance – is it appropriate to explain social relationships between dogs and humans? The focus was how dogs learn to communicate with each other, the importance of contextual cues available to them in the environment, the physiological and mental states of each individual participant and their earlier social experience. These elements set the tone for each individual dog’s future communicative abilities, their confidence, and adaptability in changing environments and social situations. Applying this same associative learning principle to developing dog-human relationships, this paper discusses how owners contribute to their dog’s behavior and how predictable an individual dogs’ future behavior develops based on our decisions and behavior.

The welfare of dogs and seeing it as a “glass half-full!”

July 26, 2011


Recently, what got started as a discussion on good breeders and what might define them from puppy millers turned into a debate over how dogs become “homeless.” This actually doesn’t stray (dog) from defining good breeders in an overall discussion concerning the welfare of dogs. But the discussion turned into a debate as to WHY dogs end up in shelters. One person suggested it was due in large part to the current economic crisis and owners’ losing their homes, but this does not explain why dogs and cats [included] have been routinely relinquished to shelters with millions being euthanized over the years! Our housing crisis is current; we were in an economic boom for years. Nevertheless, dogs and cats routinely were sent to shelters.

Side Training for Relax Boudicca

June 2, 2011


If you've never trained a Jack Russell terrier, you don't realize the patience necessary to teach them to be well-mannered with acceptable dog behaviors. If you really want a good Jack Russell, you should seek help from a qualified dog trainer that understands the breed. They can be wonderful companion dogs, but they are impulsive and retained the most unpleasant parts of the normal wolves prey drive!

Why is positive reinforcement a better choice?

October 17, 2010


Attention is considered the most basic form of behavior and “both classical and instrumental elements closely cooperate” mediating effective “perception and action” (Lindsay, 2000). In a broader view, “attentional activities specify a dog’s intentions, reveal a dog’s motivational state” and sometimes define what he is prepared to learn, thus “attentional activities” are said to “reflect a dog’s overall disposition to learn” (Lindsay, 2000). How we stimulate and control dog’s attentional behavior can have profound effect on training and behavior modification. Lindsay (2000) says “dogs pay attention to occurrences that are significant to them and learn to ignore occurrences that are irrelevant” and stimuli associated with pleasurable events or those associated with fearful events gain the most attention than other irrelevant stimuli.

Why consider the use of Shock Collars (E-Stimulus, E-Touch) carefully

September 22, 2010


Why consider the use of Shock Collars (E-Stimulus, E-Touch) carefully This is a bit technical but brief overview on this issue. I will do my best to make it easy for everyone to understand. In the JVB (2007) Overall evaluated the molecular and cellular use of shock on the learning process. She suggested, "we may be changing other behaviors or processes” with these collars technically called E-Stimulus Devices. Overall (2007) uses what she describes as “a landmark study” by Schilder and van der Borg published in Applied Animal Behavior (2004). Schilder and van der Borg noticed dogs exhibiting more stress related behavior when using these types of devices. Stress related behavior continued with the control group, during free time in the handlers presence while at parks, when dogs should be relaxed. Stress behaviors and/or conflict resolution behaviors is extensively defined in recent dog literature.

Learned Helplessness

April 10, 2010


Learned helplessness is a complex behavior first identified by Seligman in 1967 who was studying experimental neurosis. One of Seligman’s experiments found “…dogs exposed to traumatic inescapable shock showed signs of neurotic elaboration and disintegration on cognitive, emotional, and motivational levels of organization” according to Lindsay (2000).