Why is it that trainers using aversive, sometimes even cruel, training methods get good feedback, or come highly recommended by the owners of dogs they have worked with? As far as I can see, there are three major reasons…
The 12th to the 19th of June is Dog Bite Prevention week in the UK. This week is an opportunity to get people talking and thinking about dog bite prevention, so don’t forget to use the hashtag #preventdogbites this week, so that people can find what you have to say.
The key word here is ‘prevention’. The current national strategy is to punish the owners of dogs who have bitten. Never has the phrase ‘shutting the door after the horse has bolted’ been more appropriate! It’s likely to be far more effective to look at ways we can stop bites happening in the first place.
Hello and welcome to Dogs and Society! My name is Rachel and I am really interested in how dogs fit into the human world.
For a long time I have wanted to do something to break down the barriers between canine behavioural science and dogs in real life. As a PhD student studying human directed aggressive behaviour, I have often wondered how many dog problems could be solved if scientists shared a bit more. Of course, that’s easier said than done when many science journals have hefty subscription fees, way out of the price range of the average owner/dog worker.