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Oct 10 08 11:05 AM
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Dogs with lots of warning tend to do well.
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Oct 14 08 10:20 AM
I have very mixed feelings about veterinarians who won't euthanize for behavior problems. On the one hand, I imagine that they get a depressing # of
"convenience" euthanasias - the owners just don't want to deal with a dog anymore - but on the other hand, it is IMHO very difficult for any
vet to get a real picture of what living with the dog is like on a daily basis.
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Oct 16 08 12:19 AM
I too was curious why you said you feel that more cognitive' dogs are more dangerous. I would have thought a dog that bit without even thinking first
would be even harder to train out of it since it's not really thinking, just reacting to its first instinct, but is that not the case? Or rather than
'harder to change' perhaps you meant dangerous in the sense of 'likely to do more damage when it does aggress'?
Oct 16 08 1:07 AM
Oct 16 08 6:51 AM
What about a pit that reacts to stimulation or frustration with a full-on attack on the same dog victim over and over again?
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Oct 16 08 8:27 AM
In other words, a dog might deliver either of the bites out of defense...but in re-direction, the dog chooses to bite the handler. In displacement they are
simply biting whatever is in striking range in a reactive sate.
Oct 16 08 8:34 AM
When a dog is purely reactive, my experience has been that they are easier to "modify" through counter conditioning protocols. It is really not
personal to them, in a way...so they are more easily convinced that there is an alternative option that will work better for them
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Every so often we like to steal to the land of what might have been,
But that doesn't soften the ache we feel
When reality sets back in.
--"I'm Not That Girl," from the play Wicked
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