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Forum rules and guidelines: TRAINING & BEHAVIOR, Please Read BEFORE Posting!
This Post is to remind our members that this forum is a PR/non-aversive/non-compulsion forum. It is perfectly acceptable to DISCUSS different training methods when not directed as advice to a training/behavior question . It is NOTacceptable to recommend, any training method/tool/technique that relies on Fear/intimidation/pain/force on this forum. The Dog forum team reserves the right to make judgment calls as to what is harmful. Generally prohibited advice/tools include, but is not limited to: poking, smacking/hitting, leash jerks or tugs, pushing, stern verbal corrections, grabbing muzzles, pinching gums/tongue/mouth/ears, stepping on paws, spray bottles, air horns, penny cans, chains in bags, shock collars, prong collars, choke collars, flooding, alpha rolling, and "invisible" electric fences.
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When posting in the behavior section, please remember that all advice given is for general guideline purposes only and it's up to you, the dog's owner, to assess whether you are capable of fixing the behavior issues at home through consistent training, or if you are 'over your head' and should consult with a professional trainer or behaviorist. The Dog Forum team reserves the right to make judgment calls as to what is harmful advice.Physically aversive methods should not be recommended on an internet forum.

In the event that you dog has bitten and drawn blood, your first port of call should be a vet visit, including a thyroid check. This is especially true if the aggression is sudden and out of character. After that, you need a qualified, reputable behaviourist who uses updated, positive reinforcement based methods. We may be able to advise methods before the situation escalates to a dog bite but not after; or suggest management strategies in the interim - but as a pre-cursor, not an alternative, to a behaviourist's assessment.

We take this policy because of the seriousness of the matter. If the dog bites another person, you could find yourself civily and/or criminally legally responsible. We simply cannot see the events surrounding the bite. We're not there, we are unable to intervene just before a bite happens, and as such, it would be the height of irresponsibility for members to attempt to advise you on ways to deal with such a serious issue on your own. Any posts advising you on ways to manage the situation yourself will be subject to moderation, including deletion

To locate a behaviorist/trainer, please visit.

Int. Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

The Certified Council of Pet Dog Trainers

Pet Professional Guild

For further reference:
Suppression, Modification, Shutdown, and Fallout.
Dominance in dogs

Why PR?
If You're Aggressive, Your Dog Will Be Too, Says Veterinary Study (the study)
Is Punishment an Effective Way to Change the Behavior of Dogs?
Dog Aggression Is Predicted by Training Methods and Breed 2 2008.pdf
Dog training methods: their use, effectiveness and interaction wi...: Ingenta Connect
What are the Implications of Using Training Techniques Which Induce Fear or Pain in Dogs?
Search and Rescue Dogs; Punishment, Reinforcement, and Obedience.
The Effect Training Methods Have on the Efficiency of Learning

Clearing up misconceptions about PR:
5 Myths About Training Dogs With Treats
R+ Misconceptions - eileenanddogs
A Surprising Look at Balanced Training - Smart Dog University
Myth: Positive Trainers are Permissive
Myths about Positive Reinforcement and Clicker Training – Part 1 – LIFE AS A HUMAN
Positive Dog Training Explained - The Dogington Post
Treat Training Trinity – Why positive reinforcement did not work for my dog.
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