Dog Training and Eight Faces of Aggressive Behavior Canine Aggression: Controlling an explosive situation Hostile canine behavior is best viewed as an emotional fire. Viscerally reacting to a dog’s aggressive conduct with an equally emotional response, whether fearful or angry, is only going to…

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Teaching Come From A Stay Position “There are a few things to keep in mind when you begin teaching your dog to come from a stay position. First of all, your buddy may be reluctant to break the stay command in order to follow the come command. After all, we did drive home the idea of not breaking…

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It’s Mine! You Can’t Have it! Possession Aggression: “Most people have come across an avaricious or oppressive type dog at some point in their lives. I have connected the unscientific description of these two facets of aggression because the majority of possessive (greedy) canines tend to be…

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Solidifying The Stay Command “Making the transition from the teaching aspect of this command to its reinforcing should be a relatively comfortable process by this time for the reader. So I will cover only the specific considerations for stay. Expecting more from your dog and his stay obligation…

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How To Teach The Stay Command “Once you’ve prepared your canine partner for the command down in real- life situations, it’s time to add the all-important stay to his repertoire. As I mentioned before, the three main achievements that lie behind formal commands are these: follow, stay, and return…

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Advanced Down Command “Reinforcement of the down response begins as it did with the sit command, just as soon as the handler is confident that his dog is clear about and comfortable with his duty. Like with the sit exercise, the force and speed of placement is gradually cranked up with the down…

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Teaching the Command Down “The next command we teach is down. Again, we begin from the working position with the dog on our left, his right shoulder nearly touching our left leg just as we began the sit. The leash and collar are attached to the dog, and the leash is in hand, of course. Slide…

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Mister part 4 Mr. Duffy’s Hard Work Pays Off Training is a journey. A solidifying of a relationship through small victories, each culminating into the realization of an ultimate goal. Each time we teach, address an issue or otherwise interact with our dog we strengthen that relationship. Always…

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Mister Part 3 Duffy Tames the Devil Mister had one other sticky, intolerant behavior I had to address, and that was pushiness at doorways. He had never really been a house dog before, so good manners at doorways were not much of an issue back in Germany. No policies had ever been set on how he…

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