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All dogs will display some level of aggression or reactivity at some point in their life, so learning how to address this type of behavior is critical for any dog owner or dog trainer.
With a little knowledge and preparation it is easy to prevent almost all aggression, and to quickly address any aggression issues as they begin to emerge, before they develop into problems that can quickly decrease the quality of life for dog and owner alike.
These days, I'm pleased to say that many owners understand the importance of early puppyhood socialization. Unfortunately, far fewer owners understand the important of maintaining that socialization through adolescence and adulthood, when dogs naturally become more shy and stand-offish.
All too often, a dog will get into a single dog fight that will scare their owners into avoiding other dogs, depriving their own dog of the social interaction they need for rehabilitation. Without ongoing positive social experiences, the dog's sociability only deteriorates further, resulting in self-reinforcing, downward spiral of de-socialization.
As soon as you recognize any developing reactivity or aggression you should treat it. The sooner you do, the easier it will be. And the methods used in the treatment of dog aggression are remarkably similar to those used for prevention, except that treatment usually takes dramatically longer.
Recently though, new techniques have been developed to accelerate and maximize classical conditioning, progressive desensitization and ultimately, re-socialization. These methods make it possible to rehabilitate dogs as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
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|Section 1: Treatment & Prevention of Dog Aggression: Biting & Fighting|
Video 1: The Great InsanityPreview
Video 2: 3 Types of Problems
Video 3: Weighing Risks
Video 4: Normal Behavior
Video 5: Using Food
Video 6: Temperament Testing
Video 7: Ziwi Peak
Video 8: Amp Up the Kibble
Video 9: Sensitive Breeds
Video 10: Laying Tracks
Video 11: Treat & Retreat
Video 12: A Little Bit of Magic
Video 13: Touching Triggers
Video 14: Delinquent Waiter
Video 15: Teaching Tug
Video 16: Whip's Rules
Video 17: Multi-Age Socialization Group
Video 18: Loving Tug
Video 19: Shaping Tug
Video 20: Fight-Bite Ratio
Video 21: Handler Anxiety
Video 22: 3 Types of Feedback
Video 23: Growl Class
Video 24: Reactive Dogs & Crying Babies
Video 25: Jolly Routine
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|Section 2: Additional Resources|
AFTER You Get Your Puppy
BEFORE You Get Your Puppy
Veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer, Dr. Ian Dunbar received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) plus a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.
He has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including AFTER You Get Your Puppy, How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks and the SIRIUS® Puppy Training video.
In 1982, Dr. Dunbar designed and taught the world's very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes -- SIRIUS® Puppy Training. Subsequently, he created and developed the San Francisco SPCA's Animal Behavior Department, the American Kennel Club's Gazette "Behavior" column, which he wrote for seven years, and the K9 GAMES®, which were first held in San Francisco in 1993 and continue as annual events in Japan and France. He hosted the popular UK television series Dogs With Dunbar for five seasons and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the Today Show (US) and Dash Village (Japan).