Dog owners were asked how they dealt with aggressive behavior:
– 41% growl at dog
– 39% force an item from a dog’s mouth
– 31% roll the dog onto its back and hold
– 30% stare at or stare down
– 29% force the dog down onto its side
– 26% grab dog by jowls and shake
A year-long University of Pennsylvania survey found that confrontational or aversive methods will likely increase aggression.
Meghan E. Herron, lead author of the study, said. “Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them or intimidating them with physical manipulation does little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.”
Bullies are also fools.