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  1. Redirected aggression is a pretty bad type, when a dog is in a worked up state and lashes out it will go things it would not normally go.

    Here is what happened to me from a dog that redirected aggression. There was someone at the gate then a fight and someone was trying to break it up and the dog stopped attacking the dog and grabbed me. I still have the scar. If I was a child or had my head closer to the ground I would have been a lot worse off. Don't underestimate the power of redirected aggression. The dog was not mine but went to a behaviourist and is now fine but it wouldn't have been without professional help.

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  2. Back in the day 'bad' dogs were culled. Where I grew up no one would try to fix a dog that displayed inappropriate behaviour it was just put down. This meant that the dogs that roamed were normally well-adjusted and nice dogs. There are a lot of dogs around today that would never have made it this long back when I was a child.

    The above coupled with a change in social practices, more congested living and the law makes dogs more confined and dogs that used to get their exercise and socialisation by roaming the street or playing in huge backyards are now confined and isolated in much smaller areas which can lead to issues.


  3. I was walking my two large dogs up a deserted road yesterday and got rushed by a JRT. My dogs are used to small annoying yappy dogs so ignored it. I yelled at it and it ran back down the driveway it had come from. I always think what if my dogs were reactive back? It would be very different than two calm large dogs ignoring a very aggressive small dog who was persistent and took a while to go away. People need to control their dogs no matter the size and not make excuses based on breed, size, age or history. Bottom line if you have to make excuses because you can't control your dog's behaviour then you stop taking it to those places until you can control it. That simple really.


  4. Do you think they bonded to the penguins or just acted as a sort of doggy scarecrow for the ferals? :D

    I think they bonded as they bond to poultry, bonding to tiny little mouse/rat like creatures is another thing. I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm just saying that there are so many things that could not work.

    MUP I think you have it wrong - Ive seen them in some extra ordinary situations and if I asked them to guard a mouse family they would.

    I worry about the other native animals that they haven't been introduced to. If they do it wrong they'll screw up the entire ecosystem. They're going to have to bond them to every animal that is meant to be in the environment and just not ferals. That's a lot of animals.

    Not true - they dont bond with the others - simply see them as normal. I have a couple that work in a wallaby refuge and accept what is normal but are bonded to the wallabies they dont clear the area of everything else - just what is a threat and not seen as normal. Same here they allow the native birds and frogs , the maggies free movement but take out a crow in a heart beat.

    But wouldn't putting in sheep bond them to the sheep and not the bandicoot? And how about letting them guard in wilderness? I can see them going misssing or leaving the area to make more territory.


  5. Do you think they bonded to the penguins or just acted as a sort of doggy scarecrow for the ferals? :D

    I think they bonded as they bond to poultry, bonding to tiny little mouse/rat like creatures is another thing. I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm just saying that there are so many things that could not work.

    MUP I think you have it wrong - Ive seen them in some extra ordinary situations and if I asked them to guard a mouse family they would.

    I worry about the other native animals that they haven't been introduced to. If they do it wrong they'll screw up the entire ecosystem. They're going to have to bond them to every animal that is meant to be in the environment and just not ferals. That's a lot of animals.

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