In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:
- What aggression is and how to see it in a dog.
- What it takes to solve an aggression problem in a dog.
- Drive theory of aggression.
- The dominance cycle.
- Space is everything to a dog. When the dog can’t create space, the aggression is often created when they can’t get away, whether on a leash, in a car, behind a fence, etc.
- Growling is a good sign – the dog had the opportunity to do worse and chose not to, exhibiting bite inhibition.
- Don’t turn a dog who is not a biter into a biter. He might show aggression which can be scary, but that is the point. Don’t push that dog into biting.
- If you don’t need to take the risk, don’t take the risk. You have to be smart about what you are doing if you’re going to try for rehabilitation. If you have a dangerous dog, understand what you’re dealing with.
“You have to understand the skill level of the people that are handling the dog. Take a mitigation plan that’s far less complicated and far easier to execute over a theoretically perfect plan that’s almost impossible to execute, because execution is ideal here.” — Jerry Bradshaw
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Train Hard, train smart, be safe.
Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie
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