Ian Dunbar – Dog Aggression: Fighting & Biting

Dunbar-fightingThis two day seminar with the world renowned father of positive reinforcement training, Ian Dunbar (Director of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California),  covered the topic of how and why dogs become aggressive to one another and what we can do as pet owners to help with their issues.

Areas covered:

  • Sexual differentiation of social development & female amendments to male hierarchical law.
  • Puppy-adult relationships – developmental no-contest, psychological “dominance”, and hierarchies.
  • The alpha-fallacy, the physical “dominance” myth in pet dog training.
  • The purpose and importance of play.
  • Good and bad play groups.
  • Objective assessment of the severity of fighting problems based on Fight/Bite ratios.
  • Prevention, treatment, and control of dog-dog aggression.
  • Positive classical conditioning and confidence building exercises to teach dogs to enjoy interacting with other dogs.
  • Antecedents of dog bites, including – instincts, drives, traits, interactive traits, situational behaviour, subliminal bite stimuli, superstitious bite stimuli, and provocation.
  • Controlling aggression by common sense precautions and owner responsibility.
  • Assessment of the severity of biting problems based on an objective evaluation of the severity of wound pathology.
  • The relative danger of four types of dog, based on whether or not they are socialized and whether or not they have well-developed bite-inhibition.
  • Prevention, treatment, and control of dog-human aggression, progressive desensitisation for human approach, proximity, staring, handling (collar, ears, paws, and jaws), hugging (restraint), and possessiveness around valued objects (e.g., food bowl, bones and toys).
  • Classical conditioning, and confidence building exercises to teach dogs to enjoy interacting with people, especially children, men, and strangers.

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