How To Control Your Dangerous Dog


DOGS BARK Most of the millions of dogs
in the UK have developed a natural bond with their owners. With training they become
dependable best friends. Oh, what a good girl! But when things go wrong
it’s usually because dog and owner have got their wires
crossed. Oi! Kendal Shepherd is one of the
UK’s leading dog behaviourists, whose work has rewritten the
textbook for handling dangerous dogs When we see aggression as a
behaviour problem,
there is something gone fundamentally wrong in the
communication between that dog and its owner. Kendal is going to show us three simple rules that are going to
help you train your dangerous dog. We’re going to say, “Sit.” Good. These rules are universal and designed to help dogs
that won’t behave… ..no matter what their size. SCREAMING Stop! I have three children. This
is Freddie, he’s my youngest. He’s very boisterous. And on top of having a boisterous
baby I’ve got two Staffies. They’re lovely family dogs. But as soon as we go out, Blue
is like a completely different dog. If I walk with the buggy, literally,
he attacks the buggy. He will actually bite the seat of
the buggy where the baby is. Blue! The first time he bit me
he jumped up several times trying to get in my face
but I pushed him away. Hence the reason he got my arm. Still got a lump on it and swollen. I am frightened. He has scratched
them before when he’s jumped up. And it’s just a case,
if he was to bite one of them how he’s bit me,
he would break their arm. Ah! You know, I need it fixed because
this is literally a last resort. I’d think he needs to be rehomed. Jade is at a crossroads with Blue. So she’s asked Kendal to see if she can help with the strange
buggy-biting behaviour. It may surprise people how often
we give the maximum amount of attention to
behaviours that actually we don’t like, such as
jumping up at the door, which is commonly
rewarded by people saying, “Hello,” petting the dog or, of course,
someone getting angry with the dog. So we are accidentally reinforcing
behaviours that actually become a behaviour problem. Jade’s attempts to stop Blue
biting the buggy has made the problem worse.
Blue! Blue, stop it! Hang on.
We need to think now. What we mustn’t do, we’re not going
to react to anything he does. We’ve got to make this not a big
deal, you see? Cos I think the way it’s escalated
has been made a deal. Yeah. OK. He starts to get excited, we’re just
going to stop and ask him to do something else. Yeah? What we really should try to do is
actually teach an appropriate alternative behaviour such as,
for example, to sit. Sit. Lovely. Good boy. You’re got to get a bit
of confidence in being able to show him what to do. Yeah. Yeah? It’s going well. And after just ten minutes Kendal is
confident enough to try it with Freddie in the buggy. Blue. Good boy. That’s lovely.
What’s this? OK. Just ask him to sit. Sit. Sit. I’m feeling a lot more
positive, to be fair. I feel like I have learned a quite
a bit, to be fair, and I feel when it comes to the buggy I think
we’ve turned a bit of a corner. Now that I know… ..how to kind of control him…
That’s lovely. Very good. Sit. Well done. Good sit. After four years living with
a family, Will, a bull mastiff cross, was taken to the dog home
when he started becoming aggressive. After two years here, no-one is
prepared to take the risk and give him a new home. He can be a dog, I’m told, who can be difficult to read,
which can increase the potential for danger if a dog
doesn’t give a lot of warning signs. He’s described as being very
distrustful of humans. He may actually attempt to bite. I’ve brought with me my normal head collar which is
essential for controlling the head of a large dog and, of course, the
essential ingredient which is food. But not just to feed the dog with
it, but actually use it in a rather more sophisticated
way to engage the dog’s brain. WILL BARKS Only the people working
here at his kennels are prepared to take him
outside his cage for a walk. So it’s time for Kendal to
work her magic. Sit. Sit. What are you going to do? Good. Well done. You decided for yourself.
Good. Sit. Sit. Rewarding good behaviour with food
and turning away from bad Kendal is using Will’s natural
obedience to make him think. We’re taking the brain from just
the reacting to me as a stranger state but we’re moving it into a
brain which is actually thinking. And obedience commands, known commands are great
emotional stabilizers. So when he was sitting for me
and when he was giving me paw, he was not just being obedient but
he was in a much better emotional state than he is when he’s
behind bars barking and lunging and jumping up. Kendal has shown that Will can
learn to keep his aggressive behaviour in check. Hopefully it will convince someone
to give him a home. Meet Romeo, a two-year-old
Chihuahua. ROMEO BARKS AND GROWLS I bought him from a young couple. And I suppose I noticed
the problem the next day. He actually did
bite my hand quite badly and he did draw blood on my thumb
and that’s when I thought, “Whoops.” Friends are really
frightened to come round the house. If they do come round they’ll have
to run up the stairs and avoid the dog so he doesn’t bite their ankles.
Come on. Come on. Come on. Good boy. ‘My biggest fear
is that he’s going to bite a child. ‘Because children see a cute,
sweet little Chihuahua and they
think, ‘”Oh, that’s lovely.” ‘And they go to grab him.’ And I have questioned parents before
that if it was a rottweiler would they allow their children to run up
and put their hands around its neck? And it’s no different for a
Chihuahua, to be honest. It’s still going to bite. Hello. Hello. That’s not very loving,
Romeo, is it? Hello little chappy. Kendal’s first instinct is to try to
direct Romeo’s attention. Sit. Good. It looks like Romeo is going
to need more than food to keep his mouth shut. And so Kendal has
a plan for some tough love. What I’d actually
like to see, what will he do if you both move away from here now? While he’s barking at me
or the guys here… Right. ..I’d like to see what he does
when you simply move away from him. Just see what he does.
I want to see what he does. OK. Is he allowed upstairs? Yes. He’s just standing still.
He’s considering what to do. This is probably the first time
you’ve walked away from him while he’s been barking
and behaving aggressively? Yeah. And he’s really
thinking about consequences. He’s thinking,
“Well, what did I do?” Now he’s just having
a little lie down. OK? So you can come back to him now
and say, “Good lie down.” What a good lie down, Romeo. OK? Now he’s a happy boy. OK? So we didn’t use food
there as the reward. OK. You moved away as if, “We don’t
like that kind of behaviour, Romeo.” OK. I’m moving away. I’m not going to be here like the
cavalry behind you. OK? And then you came back to him
when he decided to behave in an appropriate way.
It’s just like saying, “Sorry, you can’t have your lollypop
unless you do your homework.” Yeah. It’s as simple as that. You walk away,
you deprive him of your attention. And that is an extremely
effective punishment. When you arrived this afternoon
I didn’t think he’d be sat I the same room as you all nice and
calm. I think he’s done really well. Haven’t you, Romi? Looking forward to taking it forward
and having a nice, calm dog. By following these simple rules you
should see a noticeable change in your dog’s behaviour. And hopefully with some consistent
training from their owners, our three dogs won’t be
dangerous for much longer.

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