Vote in the polls below to have your say in today’s hotly debated dog issues and to help show opinion trends on these subjects.
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1. The pack theory
The theory goes something like this: dogs come from wolves, wolves are pack animals, dominant dogs try to be the alpha wolf, must keep dog from becoming alpha wolf.
Soooo, what’s your take on this: a load of boloni, or hard fact?
2. Offleash dogs in public places
Would you like a world where dogs are allowed off-leash pretty much everywhere?
3. Halti (Gentle Leader)
4. Food lures in training
Using food lure to place dog in desired position for first few times you are trying to put another behaviour on cue.
5. Allowing rough-housing
Play-fighting with your dog. Allowing him to (gently) mouth you during the game.
6. Dog parks
7. Shelter adoption vs. breeder dog
In your opinion, are the risks and uncertainties of shelter adoption too much?
8. Standard certification for canine behaviour therapists
Would you welcome a legislation reserving the profession of behaviour therapists to only people with a standard qualification?
9. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
In response to media reports of pitbull attacks, many jurisdictions are putting breed bans in place. Where do you stand on the idea?
10. Punishing growling
The approach that is increasingly advised by professionals is to refrain from punishing the dog for growling, for fear the dog might bite without warning in the future. With this approach, the owners are of course advised to immediately address the root cause.
Where do you stand on this issue?