When I first got Arnie-man, first thing I did was watch all of the Dog Whisperer DVDs available at that time. Dude has a whole pack of pit bulls, I wanted his advice on how to raise a proper Arnie-man. Sure, Cesar Millan could just be some sort of gimmick, but I followed his advice as best as I could with Arnie– Lots of exercise (5 miles a day, minimum), appropriate discipline (I tackled that boy the second he showed a hint of aggression towards another dog, dog aggression has never been a problem), and lots of attention and affection. While there is no doubt Arnie is a bull-headed dog, he tries to be good, and hes a great buddy.
Well, that ‘pack leader’ ‘dominance’ stuff is not a gimmick. A paper just came out that supports the fact that a dog who gets plenty of exercise, discipline, and affection is a good dog. If a human leaves one of those things out, you start getting behavioral problems.
The dogs breed has basically shit to do with it. Actually, the dog itself doesnt have much to do with it. Its the owner.
According to Joaquín Pérez-Guisado, the main author of the study and a researcher from the UCO, some of the factors that cause aggressiveness in dogs are: first-time dog ownership; failure to subject the dog to basic obedience training; spoiling or pampering the dog; not using physical punishment when it is required; buying a dog as a present, as a guard dog or on impulse; spaying female dogs; leaving the dog with a constant supply of food, or spending very little time with the dog in general and on its walks.
And perfect timing– The Dog Whisperer is now on Hulu. Awesome 🙂