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Aggressive Dogs and Clicker Training
Webmaster's note:If you don't use a clicker for training, that's okay. Instead of c/t (click), say "good boy" to the dog and give him a little treat.
The way I work is:
* I repeat this process of walking either around the grounds at this comfort level distance, or backwards and forwards along a straight line until the dog just accepts this as the norm
* Then I slowing start moving the dog closer and closer to the cause, until eventually the dog is no longer sensitive to the cause.
During this process I also teach the owners to start watching their dogs behaviour. Watching for changes in their ear movement, tail position, hackles, walking on its toes etc...all indicators that we are getting too close to the other dogs. As they watch their dog, they start to understand what is the closest their dog can go to the other dogs and walk away if they start to see changes in body at all.
I work through desensitation of the dog and education of the owner of their dog, including the breed typical traits. I much prefer the desensitizing method rather than overloading them (flooding) them, or getting aggressive by using a choke chain, pronged collar or some other method. I have found clicking the most effective way of getting results for the dog and the owners.
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