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PHILADELPHIA –- In a new, year-long University of Pennsylvania survey of dog owners who use confrontational or aversive methods to train aggressive pets, veterinary researchers have found that most of these animals will continue to be aggressive unless training techniques are modified.

The study, published in the current issue of Applied Animal Behavior Science, also showed that using non-aversive or neutral training methods such as additional exercise or rewards elicited very few aggressive responses.

"Nationwide, the No. 1 reason why dog owners take their pet to a veterinary behaviorist is to manage aggressive behavior," Meghan E. Herron, lead author of the study, said. "Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them or intimidating them with physical manipulation does little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses."

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kittiewithclaws
Feb. 19th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
What happened at work today? Did you get the ok to get some critters from the evil shelter?
I'm pretty much crossing everything for those guys.
rinalia
Feb. 19th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
The good news is that they've postponed the euthanasias that were set to happen next week.

The bad news is they haven't been all that receptive to our offers of help taking some of the animals.

We'll just have to wait and see how this plays out.
rozae
Feb. 20th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Crossing my fingers y'all get the animals. I KNOW you'll do a damn fine job. And then there will be pictures. :>
smeddley
Feb. 20th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
And next up in blindingly obvious news...

Really? Someone needed a study about this? I could've told you that. I should also own stock in Milkbones, considering how many we go through...
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