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    I missed that flipping over comment. I used to do this with my previous dog who was pretty anxious at times and I regret it to this day.

    If there is one thing that I have learnt since that I am really super grateful for it is that you get way better results with less potential side effects if you focus on teaching a dog what you want him to do as opposed to trying to teach him what not to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    This in particular - is a really good way to get bitten. Much better to increase your distance from the problem trigger until the dog can pay attention, and this usually requires more than getting the dog to face the other direction or distracting it with a shaker or nudge with a foot (which will be misunderstood by most bystanders).
    Well, it only works if you're calm and doing it to calm the dog, not if you're doing it in an aggressive manner. I prefer giving a tangible consequence to aggression, because it's something the dog will remember and associate his aggression with - ie "if I attack other dogs, I will be put on my back, if I do not attack other dogs, I will recieve praise and treats". It's not supposed to be pleasant, but also not supposed to be frightening or stressful. It's a consequence of an action. I would never do it in response to anything other than outright aggression from a dog. It seems to have worked pretty well so far.

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    Mosh

    I think your techniques probably work for you, and maybe for someone who is supervised by you until they get their timing and co-ordination right, but for someone who is already in trouble and isn't supervised... so they can get their timing perfect, I wouldn't recommend it.

    I've rolled my dog over when I was perfectly calm and she wasn't, she didn't bite me but I didn't get a calm happy secure friendly dog either. She was terrified and stayed that way. There are better ways to get what we want, with much less chance of things going horribly wrong for the inexperienced, unpracticed and unco-ordinated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Mosh

    I think your techniques probably work for you, and maybe for someone who is supervised by you until they get their timing and co-ordination right, but for someone who is already in trouble and isn't supervised... so they can get their timing perfect, I wouldn't recommend it.

    I've rolled my dog over when I was perfectly calm and she wasn't, she didn't bite me but I didn't get a calm happy secure friendly dog either. She was terrified and stayed that way. There are better ways to get what we want, with much less chance of things going horribly wrong for the inexperienced, unpracticed and unco-ordinated.

    That's true and you're probably right.

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    Don't Maltese want to have a go at every dog they see, we've got a Malt, pom and some other little dog next door and they always want to go at my two GSD's and Rottie which would be a very big mistake indeed.
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    You can flip the dog, but I can tell you anything with scotty in it will have your hand quick smart to the bone. It's a common trait in terriers, you need to enrol yourself in a very good dog school or get a trainer in to help you get his attention and teach him this behavior is unacceptable, then slowly introduce him to other dogs. I've trained a couple of pure scottish terriers that were exactly the same, but persistence and a firm hand pulled them through

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