Red Zone Dogs

Imagine if every time you were scared, someone punches you in the face. Now imagine that you have to live with and depend on the assailant.

Working with reactive dogs is like working with people with a phobia. Slow and gradual exposure. You only move forward when you’ve learned to be comfortable and rationalize at that instance.

Glasgow Dog Training By Dog Behaviourist John McGuigan

I re-blogged a post by the wonderful Nicole Wilde yesterday discussing whether or not some dogs need a heavier approach to training meaning more physically aversive techniques. The answer to that is no, they don’t and I agree wholeheartedly with Nicole’s well educated opinion on the matter. It got me thinking about the term “Red Zone Dog” which has been popularised by Cesar Milan on his show “The Dog Whisperer”

I want you to imagine that you are frightened of something. You have also learned that screaming and shouting and acting like a crazy person generally makes the thing you are scared of go away. You also have no ability to rationalise things. Your screaming usually works either because the scary thing wants nothing to do with your insanity or that the scary thing was going to go on it’s merry way regardless of how you act. Now, lets say the scary thing is getting closer and closer. Having learned that…

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