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Let us look at a common example of what can happen with dogs who are fearful of other dogs.
The owner and their dog (dog A) walk down the road and see another dog on the other side. Dog A begins to bark. The owner of the barking dog may feel embarrassed or frustrated. A loud "No" is spoken but their dog continues to bark and lunge. The 'No' is now shouted, accompanied by a tug on the lead in an effort to distract the dog. Eventually, the owner manages to drag the barking, lunging dog away, shouting and smacks him.
What has this dog learned?
• That barking and lunging make the other dog go away?
• That their owner is not to be trusted?
• That seeing another dog "feels" bad - associations with increased fear from being shouted at or an association with pain from the lead tug with other dogs?
• Not to bark and lunge at other dogs?
Common punishing or confrontational techniques used to control dogs include:
• sharp lead corrections meant to cause discomfort.
• hitting or kicking the dog.
• applying electric shock.
• applying physical force to pressure a dog into a submissive down position.
• the 'alpha roll' which forces the dog on its back in an apparently submissive position.
• other 'techniques' involving shouting, threatening stares or growls, use of water sprays or shaking a jar of pebbles, grabbing the dog by the scruff of the neck or the jowls and shaking him, and similar procedures.