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Behavioral incompatibilities, not behavior problems

“It’s not a problem for the dog; it’s a problem for the human,” is among the first mottos regarding so-called dog “behavior problems” I learned as a novice dog trainer. The famed behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar, would often begin a lecture on behavior modification with some version of this pronouncement. But even though he acknowledged the negative implication of the term, he would continue to use it because it’s such a common language phrase. Experts do this all of the time,

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NEW INFOGRAPHIC Preventable Factors in Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

In 2013, the “Co-occurrence of potentially preventable factors in 256 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States (2000-2009)” was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. As the culmination of over a decade of research, it is the most comprehensive and reliable analysis of dog bite-related fatalities, focusing on multiple and verifiable data points. The goal was to identify co-occurring factors that might give us concrete insight into preventing DBRFs. We’ve broken down those findings and their

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