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Do You Think YOUR Dog Has an Aggression Problem?
copyright 1996 by Cheryl May
First of all, check with the library and see if you can get a copy of "People, Pooches and Problems" by the late Job Michael Evans. The booklet, "Alphabetizing" by Terry Ryan is also good. Both of these are available from Direct Book Service at 1-800-776-2665. Look in the Evans book for the chapter on "Recalcitrant Rovers." Follow the guidelines in the book. It may seem like a pain, but it is a non-confrontational way to place yourself in the Alpha (in charge) position. Brian Kilcommons' "Good Owners, Great Dogs" is also good.
Here are some things to do NOW:
Follow the other procedures outlined by Evans. One other thing about aggression is to be sure the dog doesn't have a health problem! If your vet says he checks out okay, then go ahead with the Alpha program (actually the Alpha program won't hurt, either way, but it's important to always rule out health problems.)
Above all don't be discouraged. Many people have successfully turned problem dogs around with these methods, especially if you start soon enough. But if you are really having problems, your best bet is to seek help from a professional trainer. See my link to William Campbell's page where you can read an article on how to select a good dog behavior consultant. Don't wait until it's too late!
copyright 1996 by Cheryl May.
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