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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Do You Think Aggressive Dogs Can Be Rehabbed?

There are many trainers who specialize in aggression and some seem to have great reviews and track records of their success. As the title says do you think these dogs can be rehabbed or is the training they have received just a cover up of the issues?

I think someone who is experienced in effectively working with these dogs can make a big difference in the behavior and have seen it before, but just like anything else the dog can revert if in the wrong hands. Then of course there are some dogs who are just beyond help.
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I think they can be taught to control it. I don't think they can ever be trusted not to be aggressive again, but will need reminders that it is not ok to be aggressive.

I've seen aggressive dogs in my training class make great strides. I've also seen them be fine for weeks and then revert back sometimes needing corrections. I think they always need to be monitored and controlled.


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It all depends on the dog, the type of aggression and the REASON for the aggression.
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It all depends on the dog, the type of aggression and the REASON for the aggression.
I absolutely agree.

Rehabbed? Possibly, but it's more management then true rehabilitation is most cases. If a dog is only aggressive towards children, but never sees a child for the rest of his life then that solves the issue and the dog is safe and happy. True aggression which can lash out at any provocation isn't so easy to contain and takes a special type of person.

Sadly, some dogs just have a screw loose. My family has one and she was euthanized before her 4th birthday due to her becoming more unpredictable as she aged. Do I wish it didn’t have to happen? Yes, but I know she wasn’t happy with her life and it would have only gotten worse with her being forced to live 24/7 in containment rather than running free in the house and yard.

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Absolutely. In extreme cases, it might be a management issue - but otherwise I believe it's all about the handling. Another thing is, I think many people underestimate how much maturity will affect behavior, so they're mislabelling juvenile behavior as aggression.
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I also think a large part hangs on the handler and their ability to learn how to read their dog and help keep it from aggressive reactions. i.e. staying away from small children, eye contact, leashed dogs, etc. etc.

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Hey Blankeback! Get out of my head!!!! LOL!

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Lol Lilie

It's funny - I always scroll back and check the post times because sometimes members are posting the same thing, or using the same words....ah, great minds think alike, lol.
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Absolutely. In extreme cases, it might be a management issue - but otherwise I believe it's all about the handling. .
Stole my words too
I strongly believe that the majority of aggressive dogs live an improper life with unknowledgeable handlers that use improper handling techniques.
Yes some dogs do have a screw loose and must be managed to one extent or another. But even these dogs can become wonderfully reliable dogs in the right hands.

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It depends on the situation. There's many different factors that come into play which have already been mentioned.

For example, my dog had mild fear based aggression when it came to nail trims. She was never pushed to the point where she broke skin because I recognized what was happening and after the initial nail trim, I implemented weekly counter conditioning sessions. The dog now enjoys having her nails trimmed and if our other dog is having his done, she will claw at me (the person with the clippers) for "her turn".

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