Posted on November 25, 2016 3:55 am

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This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed in a realistic manner. Trainers need to take responsibility for techniques they misguide the public with and the subsequent damage they cause.

On average, 4,500,000 people are bitten each year. Keep in mind these are reported bites and not the total number of all incidents. That is roughly 12,328 bites a day. Of these bites, 885,000 (over 2,400 a day) require medical attention. Despite kinder, gentler training methods dog bites have not decreased. Roughly 1.5% of the population is affected each year.
Aggression is one of the most misunderstood behaviors, even amongst canine professionals. Roughly 1 out of every 20 dogs I evaluate for aggression is actually aggressive. I apply the frustration-aggression theory (explained below) to work backward from triggers and shape behaviors. By taking control of the situation and being proactive, we can eliminate virtually all frustration and avoid any aggression.

This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed in a realistic manner.

On average, 4,500,000 people are bitten each year. Keep in mind these are reported bites and not the total number of all incidents. That is roughly 12,328 bites a day. Of these bites, 885,000 (over 2,400 a day) require medical attention. Despite kinder, gentler training methods dog bites have not decreased.
Let us examine a scenario to include viable outcomes when we change the stimuli of a reactive vs. proactive owner/handler: