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According to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, dog bites cause 4.5 million injuries every year -- that's one bite every 40 seconds! Finally, recognized dog experts & the authors of this book, offer owners advice on how to prevent and train aggressive dogs. Drawing upon years of experience, the authors provide concerned dog owners with impo According to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, dog bites cause 4.5 million injuries every year -- that's one bite every 40 seconds! Finally, recognized dog experts & the authors of this book, offer owners advice on how to prevent and train aggressive dogs. Drawing upon years of experience, the authors provide concerned dog owners with important tips on how to prevent everything from bites to excessive barking. GRRRRRR! defines each type of aggressive canine behavior and examines its causes and potential for danger. Those looking for a puppy will find useful instructions on how to choose a new best friend for its temperament, as well as methods for training both puppies and older dogs. The authors also include invaluable information on confronting aggressive dogs. Written in the authors entertaining and accessible style, this new book from America's premier dog experts is perfect for everyone with a dog in their life.


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According to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, dog bites cause 4.5 million injuries every year -- that's one bite every 40 seconds! Finally, recognized dog experts & the authors of this book, offer owners advice on how to prevent and train aggressive dogs. Drawing upon years of experience, the authors provide concerned dog owners with impo According to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, dog bites cause 4.5 million injuries every year -- that's one bite every 40 seconds! Finally, recognized dog experts & the authors of this book, offer owners advice on how to prevent and train aggressive dogs. Drawing upon years of experience, the authors provide concerned dog owners with important tips on how to prevent everything from bites to excessive barking. GRRRRRR! defines each type of aggressive canine behavior and examines its causes and potential for danger. Those looking for a puppy will find useful instructions on how to choose a new best friend for its temperament, as well as methods for training both puppies and older dogs. The authors also include invaluable information on confronting aggressive dogs. Written in the authors entertaining and accessible style, this new book from America's premier dog experts is perfect for everyone with a dog in their life.

31 review for Grrr!: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Preventing Aggressive Behavior

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Bazzett-Griffith

    This was one I started ages ago, had rechecked out twice, and finally picked back up as I gather all my pre-pandemic library returns into a return pile, and finished it with mostly a skim. The reason I'd stopped reading is because other than a few leash/containment techniques, the book's basic instructions are all the exact same training techniques most popular in the late 1990s. Even in the sections with specific aggressive behaviors being addressed, the author says things like "use the command This was one I started ages ago, had rechecked out twice, and finally picked back up as I gather all my pre-pandemic library returns into a return pile, and finished it with mostly a skim. The reason I'd stopped reading is because other than a few leash/containment techniques, the book's basic instructions are all the exact same training techniques most popular in the late 1990s. Even in the sections with specific aggressive behaviors being addressed, the author says things like "use the commands of sit, down, stay"... If basic obedience was the problem with my dog, I would have fixed it already. Will brushing up on his obedience training help? Yes. Will it help me make him a more trustworthy dog around strangers? I wish it would, and maybe if we trained every day, twice a day, forever I could get him to that level of control, but I could have been just told that in a one sentence blurb, not a full book. If you're a newbie to dog obedience and want to train with leash correction instead of food/positive rewards, the book is a good starting point, but most contemporary trainers will tell you not to use leash correction the way this book describes and I'd agree with them. That said, those methods do work- I dont3 think ita wise to use them with an aggressive dog, but hell, I'm the dumbass who got a heeler when I was used to golden retrievers. He's a good dog, I'm just always going to have to be careful AF with him when strangers are around. This book didn't help me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    Well, that was a bit disappointing. This book is, as the title suggests, about dealing with aggression in dogs. It outlines different types of aggression (i.e. territorial aggression, possessive aggression, etc.), how they may have started (genetic factors and how owners may have created the problem), and how to address them. Specific situations are provided and anecdotal stories help us see how these techniques work. Within it's scope, this is a nice thorough book. It doesn't sugarcoat owners cr Well, that was a bit disappointing. This book is, as the title suggests, about dealing with aggression in dogs. It outlines different types of aggression (i.e. territorial aggression, possessive aggression, etc.), how they may have started (genetic factors and how owners may have created the problem), and how to address them. Specific situations are provided and anecdotal stories help us see how these techniques work. Within it's scope, this is a nice thorough book. It doesn't sugarcoat owners creating issues, and doesn't sugarcoat how important it is to address aggression. Specific training ideas are offered here as well. My issues with this book are all based on one problem: my particular dog. Although there are tests in here to see where your dog fits on the spectrum, I found them a bit.. laughable for my bc. For instance, in the 'put him gently on his back' test, my dog would appear to be incredibly dominant (thrashing, trying to bite me.. I didn't try it for this book, but I remember when I was trying to teach him to roll over, yikes!). Yet during the stare test (I did try this one), he flattened his ears, softened his eyes, gave me a playful face, and tried to lick me. He wagged his tail at me the entire time and seemed to appreciate that we were sharing a moment. Yeah. Maybe my silly big-eyed stare and half grin wasn't what I was supposed to do. (he's not even remotely dominant.. which I knew already, but it was an interesting reaction!) Our issues were either not really mentioned in a way that fit, or the advice left something to be desired. Nothing on touch-sensitivity unrelated to pain or discomfort- and that took me months to desensitize. The advice on kids, toys, and possessive aggression does nothing to correct the problem long term, and will not make the family dog any safer to be around (let alone with stranger's children). And to be honest, no dog should be expected to smile and wag if you are pulling his skin hard or yanking on his tail on purpose. Even the best-natured lab or golden might have an issue. (kids need to be trained, too!) I also can see the corrections driving my poor bc over the edge: he is too sound and emotionally sensitive to deal with a decent leash jerk or a can fully of pennies. My last issue is the idea that one can easily and systematically obedience train a truly dominant dog. This book makes it sound easy but it is not. I'm grateful I don't have that sort of dog, and my heart goes out to those families who do. This book *might* help, but it is a long road. This book IS more punishment-based than other current books on the market, although the authors take pains to separate correction from punishment (but in the current dog-training climate, I think it's safe to use 'punishment' here to describe leash corrections and penny-cans). Personally, I DO think it's a valuable book, but just needed to have a slightly broader scope to apply to us. Thankfully, I read this book just to add to my training toolbox, so it doesn't matter if it fell flat. But I was a bit surprised. Just like people, I suppose, dogs are all individuals.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    I say read because I could only read the first few pages and then skimmed the next chapter before returning it. There is little reason to use the leash-jerk correction technique as a first (or second) option. It's an outdated method. MUCH better choices would be Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson, Turid Rugaas, and Karen Pryor. I say read because I could only read the first few pages and then skimmed the next chapter before returning it. There is little reason to use the leash-jerk correction technique as a first (or second) option. It's an outdated method. MUCH better choices would be Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson, Turid Rugaas, and Karen Pryor.

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