Are dogs becoming more aggressive, having more problems than in years past?

Nancy Tanner

Fifty plus years ago our family dogs had a dog run on the side of the house, access to the yard, and if the gate was open, access to the neighborhood. They ate bagged dog food, all of our leftovers, food we snuck under the table for them, plus raw fish from our boat, and raw bones.

We always knew they would come home if they got out of our yard, so we never went to look for them, and we never pondered what they did with all of their ‘free time’. It was just a dog thing.

Our dogs were all people friendly, dog social that we knew of, and happy. They were for sure all ‘kid-dogs’ and did everything we did, walk to the pond, roller skating, swimming, wondering through the woods, running and playing in the yard, garden work, etc. We had no behavioral issues, no barking…

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Benefits of Hand Feeding

Bennett Canine Training

Hand-feeding is a very important element to the foundation of training your dog. It isn’t necessary for all dogs, but it most definitely can help with all dogs.

Who do I recommend hand feeding to? Well, the answer to that is everyone. Hand feeding your dog is like putting primer on before you paint. If you’ve adopted a new dog it helps to lay the foundation so that your dog is ready to learn and helps to quickly develop a bond. It also increases work ethic which makes training much easier.

When a dog’s life depends on it because of the lack of socialization or a lack of training hand feeding is no longer optional. A dog that growls at people in the home, a dog with a history of aggression or a dog with extreme fear would all be examples of a dog that hand feeding maybe a requirement…

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Why are humans the only creatures on Earth that shouldn’t be forced to work?

Whenever I talk to someone about their animals, I generally make them angry. Not because I’m being particularly rude. Not because I degrade them personally for how they act. Not even because what I am saying is wrong.
I offend people because I tell them that what they know has changed. I tell them that what they hold on to is fading. That there is a better way. However, I also tell them that they can be better.
Did you know that any creature can be taught to do any thing? There is no set laws concerning what an animal can do?
We’ve been proving that wrong for thousands of years. “Man can’t fly!” “You can’t go to the moon!” “You can’t build a building over 100 stories!”
Now here’s a new one. “Your pet doesn’t need to be forced to do what you want it to do.”
Even further, “your pet doesn’t have to do what you want it to do.” That makes us mad.
“But it’s MY; horse, dog, monkey…….”
True! By our laws it is your property. There is legal ramifications is someone takes it, but that doesn’t mean it’s only yours. It is also their: horse, dog, monkey…… They have a choice and we should respect that!
Honestly I get it, and I’m not saying that we should never tell them to do anything, or let them make all of their own decisions. What we should do is, BE THE HUMAN!
Many dog trainers will teach you to be the Alpha, the Dominant, the Pack Leader. When all they are saying is, “be a dog” do what dogs do to prove to them that they have to follow you.
Folks, I’m not a dog. I can drive a car, I can figure out algebra, I understand empathy and compassion and respect. I should use this mind I have been gifted with to prove that I can find a better way.
Now I kind of went a little sideways from the point I initially made, but to come back around. I tell people that their animals don’t need to do what we want.
What we should do as people, is get our animals to want to do what we want, so that we don’t have to force them.
Make loading into a trailer a fun thing, so they walk right in.
Make walking by your side so awesome that no matter how many tabbies there are, they stay there.
Be a better person.
Wait! That’s different. Where did that come from?
I’m in church right now, and pastor Bruce is telling me to “Put Love In The Way”
Loving something is not forcing it to obey. Love is not punishment. Love is care and understanding.
Love is teaching, not expecting.
Let’s be better people, not because our pets will work with us better, but because we will work better for the world.


What does punishment work with?

My thoughts for today. Are about punishment. Why it works, how it works,who it works on.

I decided to join another training group on Facebook to try to give some insight to people wear most of the time they’re getting ideas from trainers that use punishment primarily. So the question always comes up, “will it work on my dog?” Or, “Why isn’t it working on my dog?”

I believe there is only three types of dog in this world, and these types are determined by how they respond to outside forces.

Number 1, is the dog that after being scolded, wapped, or pushed. Decides that the outcome of the behavior is unfavorable and stops the behavior

The second is a dog that does not associate the punishment with it’s behavior, but instead defends itself with the tools it’s been given.

The third is a dog who also does not associate the behavior to the unwanted stimulus, but instead shuts down and is now fearful.

When I’m talking about these punishments, I am meaning the best try at adding enough discomfort to entirely disuaded any further attempts of the behavior. Not just a lite slap, or a firm “NO”, or a light push down. In science a true punishment is one that is entirely effective with it’s delivery, there is no need to employ it multiple times, as that could also dilute the effectiveness, and the animal becomes desensitized, much like to many rewards can also disuade new ,or lengthening behavioral attempts.

The problem with this method is, we don’t know how the animal will respond to the use of positive punishment (P+), adding something to get the behavior to lessen or stop completely, until after it’s been employed.

When we understand how inadequate we are at communicating to our pets, and how hard it is for pets to understand complex abstract ideas, we realize how easy it is for the animal to not associate the pain with it’s behavior, but instead to associate it with the deliverer, especially if it had shown the behavior multiple times with absolutely no reprimand before.

Going back to the three types of dogs, the second and third dog will not learn from the punishment, because it doesn’t associate the behavior with the pain and any more attempts to institute these “corrections” will only further tear down the relationship of trust between the dog and owner, or will desensitize the dog to the stimulus. Therefore, in my eyes, punishment only works for one-third of dogs in this world, as two will not stop behavior.

To me that is not a good ratio of success. However, every animal in the world desires something, and wants to know how to get it. Every situation has a behavior that could be shown which would be favorable to both parties. Teaching your animals how to act to get the favorable thing for them is a universal way to facilitate behavioral change in 100% of the subjects involved.

Let me know your thoughts on this matter.