• Labeling Dog Behavior

    2 monthes ago - By Victoria Stilwell Positively

    Every dog lover uses labels to describe their dog's personality - my dog is ‘aggressive', ‘stupid' ‘highly driven,' ‘lazy,' ‘stubborn,' ‘happy,' or ‘dominant,' but labels can be misleading and limit a dog's potential. Rather than rushing to label a dog's behavior we need to look first at what function the behavior serves as well as the context in which it happens. Observing behavior without judgment might tell you, for example, that a dog is lunging at other dogs not because he is ‘dominant,' but because he fears other dogs getting too close to him. The ‘dominant' label masks his...
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