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Renee PremazaPhone: 609-280-9338Email:

A Message from an Aggressive Dog

Dear Humans,

For some reason, my humans have decided to tie me up outside everyday on a chain for hours and hours. Everyday I feel lonely and isolated. While I’m tied out on this chain, I watch as the world passes by. I see children playing and running around. Sometimes children throw sticks at me, but there’s nothing I can do to protect myself from them. They scream at me and tease me by coming close and then running away. Sometimes I watch people walking their dogs. Other times I see dogs pass by without any humans. They try to get near me. I get nervous and growl and bark at them so they’ll go away. Everytime I try to run and sniff someone or run toward another dog, the chain holds me back. I get a sharp pain in my neck. Ouch! That hurts a lot! It makes me very angry and frustrated. Now I don’t like children and I don’t like other dogs because they make this pain happen. I am getting angrier with people. I am living a miserable existence.

I wish my family would let me come inside with them. I want to be with the rest of my pack, and not out here so isolated. I wish my family would take me for walks and play with me. I want to be with them. Why did they bring me here in the first place? If I am a problem, they should have me trained. I want to do the right thing, but I need to be shown what I’m supposed to do. They punish me instead. I am a dog and do not think like humans. I do not speak English. I speak “Doglish.”

Today I bit a child who came too close to me! The police were here to talk to my family. They said a judge may say I have to die! Please don’t let this happen to your dogs! Please, please don’t tie your dogs out on a chain.

Why Do Dogs Misbehave?

Actually, dogs don’t really misbehave. To them, no matter what they do, it isn’t wrong — it’s just dog behavior. Dogs only do what works for them! If your dog jumps on you (and other people), it’s because they want your attention. Even if you knee them in the chest (not recommended!), or push them off of you, or you holler at them for jumping – They’ve still gotten your attention!

How about when your dog steals your socks or some piece of laundry you’ve left on the floor or in your laundry basket? You watch him chasing around the house with the socks, or he hides under the table with his booty. What do you do? You chase after him attempting to get the stolen item back, right? How clever your dog is! He’s gotten you to play a very fun game with him, and he got your attention again. Take the dog that barks at us constantly until we acknowledge him, or we play with him, or we scream at him. What’s this dog trying to accomplish by barking in our faces? He wants our attention!

Does your protection dog bark like a nut when your mailman comes to your door? Does he go crazy if the UPS driver pulls up to your house to deliver a package? Well…your dog has learned that every time these guys show up, he barks and they leave. Wow, that works, right?

Keep in mind that when your dog has developed a behavior that you don’t like, there is always something or someone reinforcing that behavior to make it work for him.

So …how do we teach our dogs to behave better? We teach them alternative or incompatible behaviors. We make the new behaviors more rewarding than the ones we’re trying to extinguish. That’s it in a nutshell, folks.

To increase a behavior – reward it!

To decrease a behavior – reward a new and desirable behavior!

© Renee Premaza, 2009

How to introduce a new puppy to a home with a resident cat. Also, how to introduce a new cat to a home with a resident dog.

Marilyn Krieger, well-known and highly respected Certified Cat Behavior Consultant visits the show today. She talks about the best ways to introduce a new puppy (or dog) into the home that already has a resident cat (& vice versa). Marilyn also talks about the benefits of using clicker training during this process. Great show!!

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