I think maybe you should take some time to learn about defense drives in dogs before encouraging people to allow their puppies to defend themselves...
Look at ALL of those factors that have to be taken into consideration before letting a dog get into defensive drive safely.
I see nothing at all in the quoted description that differs from what I said...though I admit they were more eloquent in their summary. But I do believe strongly that a puppy at 7 months of age defending itself against another puppy IS VERY DIFFERENT than asking that puppy to defend itself against a threatening human. And that is why defense against a threatening human is only introduced after the dog is at least 15 or more months old, and even then requires a helper that can read the dog well and not press him too far. But it's really an apples and oranges comparison!
The confidence a dog has is largely genetic and hormonal driven. They either have it at birth or they don't.
This is just absolutely wrong. If this were true, why would anyone work on building a dog's confidence? Confidence building is an integral part of Schutzhund and LE and PP training. Puppies are very carefully nurtured in a controlled
environment to build their confidence...before carefully introducing defense no, I thought you made this point yourself.
Get a good pup and be an idiot about pushing it's defensive boundaries and you get a mess of a dog with psych problems. < I've seen that scenario play out time and time again. By people who willing push their dogs into defense and by people who accidentally let stuff happen.
We can surely agree to disagree, but I think it's interesting how some folks get away with being outright rude in this forum. I don't think it's really necessary...
It is important to note that I never said, nor did I intend for ANYONE to interpret what I said to mean, that you should take your puppy and force it to defend itself in the mayhem @voodoolamb
or @wolfy dog
have witnessed at their dog park. My experience at my local dog park has been mostly positive. Most owners are not clueless idiots, and most dogs are not savage bullies. I also never said that taking a dog to play with other dogs is a requirement for building confidence in a puppy, or that anyone should just abandon their puppy anywhere. I do believe however, that your dog will not learn to effectively interact with other dogs from you...that requires other dogs