TxCat wrote:Magali wrote:i agree with Cesar Milan. Dogs are dogs, not humans and should be treated accordingly as animal first, then dog, then breed and THEN name, as possible.
You should consider reading the input of other animal trainers --- there are some on this thread --- before citing Cesar Milan as a good example. Some of what he does to the animals I would consider abuse, plain and simple. Dragging an animal into a place it does not want to go will not build trust and will not make it want to go there. It will simply reinforce whatever fears it has and possibly accelerate the aggression.
Dogs bite or snap for a variety of reasons, including fear and warning. On that account you're correct; they're not people and their actions shouldn't be anthropomorphised. On the other hand, the owner is NOT a dog and should not be trying to act like one. Simple respect for the animal's reactions and an attempt to understand why the animal is behaving that way goes a long way toward having a reliable and enjoyable companion.
Merlin is not a dog, he's a bobcat hybrid but...recently when we would reach over to pet him, he started extending his claws, hissing, and trying to bite. Eventually, through watching the animal's actions, we figured out that he could no longer see us well enough to determine whether or not something was a thread if we just reached across his back and petted him. When we gave him an opportunity to smell us coming and to make a bit of noise, such as clicking, directed at the animal to get his attention, we had no bites and no scratching.
This works really well with older dogs who are going blind or have gone blind as well.
It also illustrates the point: before you decide you have an aggressive dog or a bad dog, make the effort to find out why the dog's behavior changed.
i did not say i agreed with ALL of his philosophies. simply the statement that i wrote above. And i do not agree with everything he does. i also adhere to many things victoria stillwell teaches as well as the lady who wrote No Bad Dogs back in the day as well as the dog trainer i used when i got my dog.
However! I do believe Cesar Milan is right about a lot of things. That is my personal belief and i do believe i am entitled to believe it.