Are Some Dogs Untrainable
This is a comment I made recently, when asked “Are some dogs untrainable”. The funny thing is I have an article similar to this one in a draft that I’ve been working on. Here’s my answer to the question.
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I’m gonna guess by untrainable , you are referring to problematic behaviors and not the ability for a given breed of dog to earn his UDX title.
To answer your question which is a common one, ” Are some dogs untrainable” , if you know dogs well enough the answer is NO. Every dog is trainable.
“Are some breeds inherently aggressive”, Again this comes down to an individuals abilities to understand dogs.
There are plenty of statistics out there, that will tell you breeds ( A, B, C, D, E) are responsible for the majority of dog attacks each year. What the statistics don’t tell us is the popularity of the breeds.
Meaning if, 10 million homes have dog breed ( A ) . And 1 million homes have dog breed ( Z ) . The dog bites perpetrated by dog breed ( A ) will be much higher, than those bites by dog breed ( Z ). The significance of this being, we may think certain breeds of dog are more “Safer” than others.
Obviously the larger the breed of dog is, the more chance of serious injuries that can be sustained by a dog attack. Every year millions of children and adults are bitten by small breed dogs , yet these attacks are not newsworthy enough for us to read about.
One of the biggest hurdles that we have to overcome in stemming the tide of abandoned and euthanized dogs in our country and the world for that matter. Is to stop with all this nonsense about making sure you do your ‘Breed Research ‘, before choosing a breed of dog.
There are tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dog rescues organizations for every single breed of dog out there. That should tell us that every dog, regardless of the breed can only act and behave like a dog.
If the available dog bite figures are accurate ( 4.5 million dog attacks a year) , these figures should prove that dogs are not the domesticated animals we are lead to believe they are. And that It’s our job to teach domestication to each and every new puppy we bring into our home.
( The Spirit Dog)
Spirit Animal Sanctuary
2539 East Road
Boonville, NY 13309
From How Dogs Display Nervous or Fear Aggression, 2008/09/23
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