Lindsay says of this study, "Schilder and Van der Borg (2004) have published a report of disturbing findings regarding the short-term and long- term effects of shock used in the context of working dogs that is destined to become a source of significant controversy ... The absence of reduced drive or behavioral suppression with respect to critical activities associated with shock (e.g., bite work) makes one skeptical about the lasting adverse effects the authors claim to document. Although they offer no substantive evidence of trauma or harm to dogs, they provide loads of speculation, anecdotes, insinuations of gender and educational inadequacies, and derogatory comments regarding the motivation and competence of IPO trainers in its place." [64]

Animal behaviorists assert that using dominance to modify a behavior can suppress the behavior without addressing the underlying cause of the problem. It can exacerbate the problem and increase the dog's fear, anxiety, and aggression. Dogs that are subjected to repeated threats may react with aggression not because they are trying to be dominant, but because they feel threatened and afraid.[70]
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At the end of the day, it's also important to remember that your dog is just that: a dog. "Even the gentlest-mannered dog is still an animal with her own set of instincts and ways to express herself," Radke said. She suggests you never leave your small children unattended with the dog, just in case, and always supervise them when they're together. Your pup may always tolerate the ear and tail tugs from your kid, but you don't want to run the risk of the dog snapping one day when you aren't paying attention.
Typical positive reinforcement events will satisfy some physiological or psychological need, so it can be food, a game, or a demonstration of affection. Different dogs will find different things reinforcing. Negative reinforcement occurs when a dog discovers that a particular response ends the presentation of an aversive stimulus. An aversive is anything that the dog does not like, such as verbal admonishment, or a tightened choke chain.[39]
We call this training ‘etiquette’ rather than ‘obedience’. Sure, an obedient dog will do what it’s told. But a dog with good social etiquette often knows what to do without being told, and doesn’t require constant ‘rewards’. Etiquette is about applying dog psychology to establish a positive relationship with the dog – so it alters its behaviour naturally. When your dog understands its place in the household it’s less stressed and you can achieve real harmony.
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All of the wild members of the genus Canis display complex coordinated parental behaviors. Wolf pups are cared primarily by their mother for the first 3 months of their life when she remains in the den with them while they rely on her milk for sustenance and her presence for protection. The father brings her food. Once they leave the den and can chew, the parents and pups from previous years regurgitate food for them. Wolf pups become independent by 5 to 8 months, although they often stay with their parents for years. In contrast, dog pups are cared for by the mother and rely on her for milk and protection but she gets no help from the father nor other dogs. Once pups are weaned around 10 weeks they are independent and receive no further maternal care.[45]
Our methodology is based on the latest research and is refined continuously to effectively treat your dog’s underlying cause of undesirable behaviour and improve their - and your - quality of life. We have a range of dog training options, with on-site courses that last 7 and 18 days, and one-on-one lessons that can be conducted in your own home. For ongoing training, we offer Group Obedience Classes, and even have a 30 minute canine exercise class designed to condition and strengthen your dog. You can book any of our courses online, or why not call 1300 426 762 to discuss your unique requirements.
A well-trained dog, under supervision, is safer to have around family and friends, and is at a lower risk to himself than an uncontrollable dog. However, remember at the end of the day animals will be animals, and animals are sometimes unpredictable. A dog that comes back when it is called, in the face of dangerous situations (e.g. where they could get hit by a car) has an obviously positive impact on its own welfare.
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Dogs don’t learn to behave badly on their own: they are taught how to behave through interactions with their owners. So if you have a badly behaved dog, it’s very likely that you have inadvertently influenced your dog in a negative way. It’s impossible to objectively observe your own interactions with your pet, and that’s why it’s so useful to employ the services of a professional behaviourist. When somebody with training and experience watches you and your pet together, they are likely to identify key steps that you can take to improve the way that you influence your pet. Over time, this is the most likely way to resolve long term problems with bad behaviour.
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Domestic dogs are polygamous in contrast to wolves that are generally monogamous. Therefore, domestic dogs have no pair bonding and the protection of a single mate, but rather have multiple mates in a year. There is no paternal care in dogs as opposed to wolves where all pack members assist the mother with the pups. The consequence is that wolves put a lot of energy into producing a few pups in contrast to dogs that maximize the production of pups. This higher pup production rate enables dogs to maintain or even increase their population with a lower pup survival rate than wolves, and allows dogs a greater capacity than wolves to grow their population after a population crash or when entering a new habitat. It is proposed that these differences are an alternative breeding strategy adapted to a life of scavenging instead of hunting.[45] In contrast to domestic dogs, feral dogs are monogamous. Domestic dogs tend to have a litter size of 10, wolves 3, and feral dogs 5-8. Feral pups have a very high mortality rate with only 5% surviving at the age of one year, and sometimes the pups are left unattended making them vulnerable to predators.[38] Domestic dogs stand alone among all canids for a total lack of paternal care.[77]
For dogs, pre-vaccination against distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus is required. A current vaccination certificate ( ie certifying that vaccination was done within the preceding 12 months and that the "due date" for the next vaccination has not passed) must be produced for each dog before admission. Vaccination against canine cough and checking for heartworm infection should be recommended prior to admission.
Dogs might be humanity’s best friend, but that friendship isn’t without a few bumps. Wagging tails and slobbery kisses can become barking, growling, and biting. Some dogs make this transition more readily than others, and Evan MacLean wanted to understand why. MacLean, a psychologist and anthropologist at the University of Arizona, believed that hormones could help explain this difference.
Dogs don’t learn to behave badly on their own: they are taught how to behave through interactions with their owners. So if you have a badly behaved dog, it’s very likely that you have inadvertently influenced your dog in a negative way. It’s impossible to objectively observe your own interactions with your pet, and that’s why it’s so useful to employ the services of a professional behaviourist. When somebody with training and experience watches you and your pet together, they are likely to identify key steps that you can take to improve the way that you influence your pet. Over time, this is the most likely way to resolve long term problems with bad behaviour.
The old belief that dogs functioned in a rigid, hierarchical, pack-based social ladder has been shown to be false, but sadly many people still base their dog training on the principle of dominance. If a fearful dog growls or snaps, then trying to stop the behaviour by terrorising the animal with physical intimidation will only make the situation worse. To prevent bad behaviour from starting, and to cure dogs who have developed bad habits, it’s important to listen to behavioural scientists who are up to date with our current understanding of the canine brain. Trying to beat dogs into submission when they behave badly only makes things worse.
In-home behavioural consultations are offered in the following areas of Melbourne: Keilor, Keilor Downs, East Keilor and surrounds, Taylor Lakes, Sydenham, Essendon, Strathmore, Moonee Ponds, Sunbury, Gisborne, Melton, Sunshine, Airport West, Tullamarine, Sunbury, Caroline Springs, Derrimut, Geelong, Ocean Grove, Corio, Torquay and Bellarine area. Country areas serviced incude: Kyneton, Malmsbury, Woodend, Romsey, Toolern Vale.
The 1980 television series Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way made Barbara Woodhouse a household name in the UK, and the first international celebrity dog trainer.[25] Known for her "no bad dogs" philosophy, Woodhouse was highly critical of "bad owners", particularly those she saw as "overly sentimental".[26] She described the "psychoanalyzing of dogs" as "a lot of rubbish".[27] Her no-nonsense style made her a pop-culture icon, with her emphatic "sit" and catch cry of "walkies" becoming part of the popular vernacular.[28]
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