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  • Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.

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April 08, 2009


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This blog really captures my attention. Confrontational training I think really works. It's just that in the first place that the difficulty of training pets is always there. Good to know they are learning from training lately.

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this one interests me. confrontational leads to its causality..

this helps too.

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I found this article interesting. But I wonder about the direction of the causality. It may be that owners use confrontational techniques with dogs who are aggressive or in instances where the dog is already "primed" for aggression. The owners who use the non-confrontational techniques, on the other hand, may use them because they are effective with their dogs, and these dogs may have never been aggressive.

Speaking from my own experience, I have had four dogs in my life. The first three were never aggressive and I never used any confrontational techniques to discipline, train, or protect them. My fourth and current dog gets into fights with other dogs and I use confrontational techniques to break up the fights and calm her immediately after. The "alpha role," for example, gets her to focus on me, not on the other dogs in the area, and she calms down quickly.

All said, while this study may have been "scientific," in that it appeared in a journal, it could quite possibly have been confounded by the dog's prior behavior, leading to bias in the results.

Mel F

So agree with your observations Con!

I first learned about this study last fall after attending a Dog Aggression class given by a local, but well-known, vet in MN who also happens to have a degree in Animal Behavior.

I have always believed aggressive training methods were wrong, but now there is data to back it up!


I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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