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Old 08-13-2014, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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this isn't about my dog.

I read somewhere that growling should never be corrected because that's a warning and if you correct then the dog stops warning and goes straight to biting.

it makes sense. but then what should people do? let's say you have a dog that growls before he reacts. do you correct the growling? do you wait until he reacts and then correct?

what if a dog bites and growls before he bites. so every time he growls you know a bite is coming.
what do people do?

just curious.
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Ya know, I correct the aggression. I do not pound on the dog. I usually just say something like, "Eh!" and then, "Enough of that, Leave her be" in a matter of fact tone of voice.

I think that to eliminate the growl so that a dog that is warning of an impending bite, will no longer growl or posture or snap first, one has to really give a very strong correction with respect to the dog in question. If the dog is extremely soft, than it may not have to be a terrible correction. But for most dogs, I think that one would really have to go overboard. Like taking a dog into a situation that terrifies them and then the moment they show any sign of fear or aggressiveness, clobber them. And probably repeat that several times.
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I meant physical corrections. not pounding on the dog. popping the prong or ecollar.
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Dog training has a lot to do with timing. Prongs and E-collars can actually increase a dog's intensity if they feel that the correction is coming from the object they are aggressing toward whether by fear or aggression.

Giving a moderate correction to a strong dog, with a matter of fact, "knock that off!" probably won't create a dog that goes straight for the goal.
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Ok that answers it and makes sense. thank you
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a growler. Sometimes it's play oriented and sometimes he thinks it's let's really rough house. Then there are moments where he growls because he wants to test me to see if he can assume the captains chair. I have found given his very strong personality that redirection is the solution. Now that may come with a clear correction or not. My boy is a nut for the ball so depending on the situation I will adjust my response but always redirect to the ball even if there is no ball around. It just clears his head.
Obviously you need to understand what is generating the growl. It could be happening for a number of reasons that may be generic in the dog or environmental.
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