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Aggression in Fearful Dogs- No Surprise Here

By |2014-08-15T08:18:45-04:00August 15th, 2014|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs|Tags: , , , , , , |

The older one gets the less in life seems to surprise us. One of the things that should be no surprise to any of us is for a fearful dog to behave aggressively. Aggression is a normal and predictable response to see in animal who is afraid, often terrified, for their life. Brains are designed so that if an animal is experiencing fear, behaving aggressively--as ...

The Recipe for Red Zone Dogs

By |2012-11-15T09:58:15-05:00November 15th, 2012|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , |

The term 'red zone' dog has come into vogue to describe aggressive dogs. There is the connotation that these dogs are different in some fundamental way from other dogs. The term is often used to justify the use of severe punishment in order to train them. It's as though, unlike every other dog on the planet, they are only able to learn if punishment is ...

The Belly Button Rule

By |2012-04-29T11:08:07-04:00April 29th, 2012|Categories: Alternative treatments for fearful dogs, Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , |

When I was a young child and our family visited a body of water to swim in my parents instituted the the belly button rule. The older, more proficient swimmers could swim out to rafts in the middle of the lake or play in the waves, but the little kids could go no deeper than their belly buttons. If we lost our footing ...