|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 5:56pm PST |
|Reactivity is different than true aggression. The reactive dog does not want to engage and acts aggressively due to fear. An aggressive dog wants the fight. Risa is reactive but she hasn't attacked Jagger (he's only been here a month). In fact, they've been playing.
Anyway, breed differences definitely play a huge part in training. Risa is a sensitive soul partially due to her herding breed/sighthound nature. My foster boy, Jagger, is also very sensitive (he's probably a Aussie/Boxer cross). He's not nearly as soft as Risa is in that he doesn't shut down if you're visibly frustrated. Risa used to flop over and refuse to do anything if I yelled at her (I don't do this anymore because it clearly gets me nowhere). Jagger isn't quite so dramatic but you can tell he starts to take it to heart if you're a bit upset with him. It's surprising because, for the most part, he's a huge blockhead silly boy. With both dogs, I have to watch myself carefully and keep my temper. Nothing good happens if I get the dogs upset because I am! Gotta keep training fun and keep them both up. It's definitely a challenge for me but those sensitive guys are so in tune it's worth it.
I've been fortunate to not have much experience with aggressive dogs. But I would imagine dogs who were bred to be protective and/or go after difficult quarry (terriers, doxies) would be more intense and more 'into the moment' when it comes to aggression over breeds who were bred to be more laid back.
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