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Old 27.05.2020, 11:08
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Re: Urgent...trainer needed for our small dogs

As with all concerns over aggressive behavior, it is important that we do not suggest a diagnosis without knowing the dogs, without having seen the behavior ourselves. We simply cannot know enough about the situation to diagnose from afar - and suggesting steps that might address things that ultimately may not be appropriate to the situation can be dangerous.

Rather, we should speak to our own experiences, talk about what we have done with our own dogs in similar situations. The OP can then take from our experiences the things he or she believes to be pertinent to his or her own dogs.

There are, however, two things we can and should suggest to help anyone in this situation:

1. Professional help.

It is very important to involve one's trainer, practical or medical behaviorist, and veterinarian. (In my experience, all of the above have been needed.) Aggression issues are wide-ranging and complex, there could be factors involved - multiple factors even - that might not be readily apparent to a lay person. One needs to get to the root of the behavior in order to successfully treat it. A professional who can see what is going on, in real time, is best placed to help. Recommendations for professionals we have consulted are always helpful.

2. Short to medium term management strategies to minimize incidents while a plan to address the behavior is worked out.

Every repetition of a behavior has to potential to ingrain it, so managing the environment to reduce/avoid incidents is often needed while you keep your eyes on the long term goal. Stoker, if you need any advice here please let us know.


I hope you and the pups are OK - and wish you all the very best.
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