Motley Dog Training in Action

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Dog Aggression

Motley dog training is action is about us getting even better. We are only as good as our last session. Here will cover some major animal behavioral challenges that our team faced while with Motley Dog Training. These are actual cases and the outcomes.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent, no seriously, we value privacy. Yours and our own.

There is always one.

Every time there is an aggressive dog, there is at least one of “those” people.

Do not be this person! Dogs are predators, and you have to know the language of predators, or you will be bitten. See the nutty lady standing in front of the pack, well this is how a group of dogs fight, one of them will get your attention while the others try to circle around to make the kill. See how she is face to face and staring, this body language posture and demeanor is a direct challenge to this dog. Right down to putting her face out front so her major weapons, her teeth are right there for the bit, and they are likely showing.

Don’t be the “every dog just loves me nut.” This goes for stuffing your hand in a dog’s face, so they can smell you. Most of you get away with this because dogs have been bred to put up with us, Not all dogs are so generous and even the most tolerant family pet will bite if not handle properly. We hope you never run into any of them but, just know that if this is you, lady luck is the only reason you made it out unharmed.

The case of the puppy that loved to attack her people.

New pup parents! We’ve been super excited about training “Rory”, and were hoping to set up a set of training sessions with you so that we could learn from the best! From what we saw on your website, it looks like that would be a four-week package, but let us know if there are other options you think would be better.

To the best of our knowledge, “Rory” is about 17 weeks old, and we are guessing that she is a mix between some type of collie and something much larger (she is getting big fast, and we are waiting on a breed test result to see because we’re curious!).

Rory will be getting her final round of puppy vaccines today and will be up-to-date. Medically, Rory seems pretty healthy, though she had some mange and parasite issues when she first came home.

Dog Aggression Toward Owner

Behavior-wise, Rory is as active as any other puppy and is pretty keen to learn and play. We’ve been working on basic commands (Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, Drop It, Bed, Gentle, Settle) and she is often quick to respond. Through training, we’re hoping to help build our confidence with her as we begin exploring the outside world together and start meeting more new people and dogs. One of the issues we’ve been working through, and would like to include in our lessons, is nipping and biting. She doesn’t seem to be aggressive, but she definitely tends to nip and bite more with “Betty”.

Sadly, Aggression Toward the handler is not uncommon

BBC Photo, Not a Pitbull?

It is just seriously underreported until something horrific happens, and then here comes the media. Here is a piece from BBC, we just enjoy a good accent! In Virginia, US, a young woman has died in tragic circumstances after being mauled by her own dogs. Now, we wanted to include the “beach scene” and this article for two reasons. The first is that elite dog training like Motley Dog will help you understand your dog and their language so, you do not behavior in ways that send the wrong message, and you don’t put yourself and your beloved dog into situations that they are not happy with.

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BBC This is a Pitbull

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The second reason we included the media is to give examples of the behaviors that can be subtle and require further education and experience to truly understand. The story from the BBC could have been about German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers or any breed that has had their day on the “most aggressive dog” list.

The common thread among these dog breeds in not aggression per se, it is the fact that they tend to not be as tolerant when people do stupid things to them and when they do defend themselves there is always damage. Some people have small dogs that attack on a regular basis but, due to the lack of serious damage, this never makes the news.

A note to the small dog owners when your lil dog starts it with a big dog or bites someone looking to cause a scene it will be costly. Get your pup some help.

Motley Dog Behavioral Summery:

After exposing “Rory” to a variety of environments and stimuli, there is no external trigger for her bouts of aggression toward her handler. This aggressive behavior is not predatory, defensive or “rage.” These episodes are best described as frustration. After considering, pain, length of time training or exercising and observing her and her people in various activities, there is no obvious external factor that would cause frustration. Therefore, the cause of her behavior is intrinsic, and any medical causes need to be investigated.

After determining that this was a medical situation, we advised our team to see their Veterinarian, who prescribed medication. While hitting the books, we found a study of canine aggression toward their people, supporting our hypothesis that “Rory’s” condition has no external cause.

Motley has a background in research & applied psychology

Dogs have a genetic predisposition to aggression directed towards an owner or a familiar

Nationwide Children’s Hospital have found that dogs have a genetic predisposition to aggression directed towards an owner or a familiar dog;

August 26, 2016, Kristi Rosa: Read the Article

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The point is that at Motley Dog Training we know that if we have a theory we make sure we are on the right track, we investigate your case until we see the improvement that we want.

We are currently waiting for “Rory” to acclimate to her new medication. This is an important stage and allow the dog to assimilate their new feelings and to be certain that the medication is right for her and the dosage is effective.

This case is uncommon, She was tested for the entire list of normal aggressive responses found in dogs, you can google the list it is extensive. All common aggression types were negative. It is also worth noting that when exposed to novel environments, stimuli or objects her fear response was well with-in the normal range, and she is not easily startled so fear and anxiety were also eliminated.

Why Use Medication for your dog?

Have you ever had a headache? Most people think almost nothing of pupping a couple of aspirin or whatever gets you through here in Colorado. However, when it comes to things like psychological challenges, we all get a little weird. In the simplest of terms, all animals are simply chemical bags for the top of your head to the tips of your toes, just chemical reactions walking around.

Dogs and people have the same Biochemistry

Continuing with our “bag of chemicals” analogy, dogs and people all have the same chemicals that cause the same reactions we call these things, pain, pleasure, and label these experiences as an emotion. So, if you use cars engines as a model of comparison, we all have an engine that basically has the same parts, and we all run on gas. Humans could be seen as having the sport engine while dogs have the family wagon, but, we are still learning.

The Medications that treat dogs and humans are the same. Just like in use, the common cases of medication prescribed simple adjust the chemicals in your brain. This process takes time and must be monitored by a qualified Veterinarian.

Always Combine Dog Training with Medication

Research almost always finds that combining managed medication with therapy, in this case we call it dog training, has far better outcomes than either medication or training alone. So, about two weeks after beginning medication, we like to continue training while the brain’s neuroplasticity is in full swing.

This is not an average case so, we wanted to share it with you in order to let you know that we deal with the hard cases, and we show our work.

Want to know more about aggressive dogs? Dog aggression Treatment

This page is under construction, and it is our hope that it will evolve into a trusted resource for the dog training community and those that just love their dogs.

How did Motley Dog Training do with this Case?

We will let “Rory’s” people tell you:

When we adopted our 8 week old mixed breed pup, we were enthusiastic but unprepared to train a very high energy dog on our own. Motley Dog did a great job of assessing what would be most important to make behavior changes (for us AND for our puppy), especially when puppy biting was a stubborn habit to break.

Dog Socialization and canine behavioral training at it best. We are, so, proud of Rory and her people. They did the work, we just lead the way.

Motley Dog’s approach didn’t try to change our puppy, but rather to understand her and teach her skills to manage herself. Working with Motley Dog has made a big difference over the course of 6 sessions on impulse control, social interactions, responsiveness and so much more. The experience was as much for us as it was for our dog, and Motley Dog was great at giving critical feedback for us to make pivots in order to see more success with her behavior. We would highly recommend Motley Dog for all the wild and crazy pups out there!

We love “Crazy Puppies”

The Motley Dog Training solution for “Rory” took months, not years, like some of our local competitors. Yes, we know clients from other dog trainers. We are still not going to tell you that it was fast, easy or always a good time. In any event “Rory’s” people deserve all the credit, we simply lead them to the right things and places.

We are grateful for people like them, and their dogs are too.

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