February 19th, 2009

Mina - awesome

aggression begets aggression in dog training

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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Funny - Unique POV

Celeste is on time out

Celeste just full out attacked Mina. Over a stupid toy that Mina was playing with, Celeste stole, Mina tried to engage in a fun tug of war and Celeste launched into Puppy War III.

And Mina was all what the fuck? and I was all what the fuck? And Celeste was too busy trying to rip out Mina's throat to realize what an idiot she is.

Mina's a-okay, there is absolutely no damage. But Celeste is lucky I didn't just throw her out the window (okay, i wouldn't ever do that but nobody, not even my other dog, hurts Mina, nobody).

Mina didn't engage or respond at all. She just gave Celeste her neck and side. I might be more forgiving of Celeste if Mina was a total dick about stuff but she's not.

We're all fine now. Celeste and I did a little re-bonding with Mina and all is happy go lucky. I'll have to be a little more attentive to their toy play time so things don't get so out of hand and Celeste feels like aggression is the only solution.

I do so love my dogs, though currently Mina is #1 and Celeste is like #5. :)