I appreciate everyone who attend my Rescue Information Night at Tender Touch! It was nice to put a face to the many cyber net names:)
I believe we all have our hearts in the same place and all want the best for as many homeless dog as possible. I hope you all enjoyed your time and learned something new to try with your own dog or foster dog.
Sophie, the Scottie you all met is a great example of how a dog with a bite history, and labeled fear aggressive was really territorial and predatory. Once the triggers were identified, I was able to successfully desensitize her to the things she feared. She now has her Canine good Citizenship and is used on many of my private sessions. She can also enjoy relaxing walks on the beach, in Portland or where ever we want to take her.
Never use aggressive techniques to modify aggressive behavior, doing so only suppresses the emotion temporarily. Positive Reinforcement Techniques, Counter Conditioning, appropriate exercise, daily management, and diet are all key elements to successfully modify Territorial, Predatory, Fear, and Dominant Aggression.
Thanks again and I look forward to working with you all in the future!