The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position
Statement: Dominance Theory
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) recently released a position statement on the use of "Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals".
AVSAB is concerned with the recent re-emergence of dominance theory and forcing dogs and other animals into submission as a means of preventing and correcting behavior problems.
Your Mannerly Mutt, Inc. strongly supports the AVSAB's statement. Click below to read the full article.
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The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position on Puppy
"The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals and stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, with drawl or avoidance behaviors." For this reason the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care before puppies are fully vaccinated.
"Veterinarians specializing in behavior recommend that owners take advantage of every safe opportunity to expose young puppies to the great variety of stimuli that they will experience in their lives. Enrolling in a puppy class prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond and socializing puppies in an environment where the risk of illness can be minimized."
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NY Times: Pack of Lies
"Forcefully rolling a big dog on its back was once recommended as a way to establish dominance, but it is now recognized as a good way to get bitten. People are advised not to try it. In fact, many animal behaviorists believe that in the long run meeting aggression with aggression breeds more aggression."
"Properly treating aggression, phobias, anxiety and fears from the start can literally save time and money. Mr. Millan’s quick fix might make for good television and might even produce lasting results in some cases. But it flies in the face of what professional animal behaviorists — either trained and certified veterinarians or ethologists — have learned about normal and abnormal behavior in dogs".
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American Humane Association: 'Dog Whisperer' Training Approach More
Harmful Than Helpful
"The training tactics featured on Cesar Millan's “Dog Whisperer” program are inhumane, outdated and improper, according to a letter sent yesterday to the National Geographic Channel by American Humane, the oldest national organization protecting children and animals."
"In the letter, American Humane, which works to raise public awareness about responsible pet ownership and reduce the euthanasia of unwanted pets, expressed dismay over the “numerous inhumane training techniques” advocated by Cesar Millan on “Dog Whisperer.”
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Consumer Reports : Retractable leashes pose problems for people
and their pets
Article highlighting the dangers of using these leashes.
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Why the UK APDT is against the use of Choke Chains
“In a retrospective study on spinal pain, injury or changes in dogs conducted in Sweden, Hallgreen
(1992) found that 91% of dogs with cervical anomalies experienced harsh jerks on lead or had a long history of pulling on the lead. Uses of chokers was also over represented in this group. This strongly suggests that such corrections are potentially injurious” Karen Overall MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB Clinical Behavioural Medicine for Small Animals.
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