I compiled a list of some suggested New Year’s resolutions relating to dog training.
I was reading some advice offered online about how to train ‘aggressive’ dogs.
Among other things, the advice said: “If they (dogs) do not look at the owner as the pack leader, they will take it upon themselves to become the pack leader. This is why many dogs will accept commands from the man in the house but not the wife… He needs to be moved to the bottom of the list in terms of pack order.”
Oh my, where do I even begin on this one?
(This is one of my past Hyde Park Living columns)
My whole fascination for the study of behavior science was founded over 12 years ago on an international list started by Dr. Susan Friedman (a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the use of Applied Behavior Analysis with companion animals). Having that knowledge and support helped me to transform my Timneh African Grey, Barnaby, from an incessant screamer into a bird who talks human to me all day. And it has so changed my relationship with all of my pets.