Pet owners should train their dogs to stay calm when walking in the street or on the sidewalk, avoid situations where they could get into trouble, and avoid situations that could harm their pets.
That’s because many dog owners are training their dogs on how to act when confronted by strangers or people who might be afraid of them, a new study suggests.
While that may sound easy, it’s actually not.
The new study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggests that dog owners need to be more deliberate about how they train their pets, and should be aware that the same behaviors could be harmful to their dogs if they were to get them into trouble.
“This is one of the most common questions I get asked about training dogs,” said lead author and assistant professor of animal behavior and cognition at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Jana L. DeVon, in a statement.
“Dogs are intelligent animals and have a very high level of autonomy, so they’re not necessarily easy to train.”
The study involved analyzing data from more than 30 years of research on dog training in the United States.
It found that dogs that were trained in the way described in the study showed a reduction in aggressive behavior when they interacted with humans.
In the study, the researchers examined a variety of behaviors, including walking, chasing, scratching, biting, and licking, to see whether these behaviors would change in response to people with dogs trained to avoid danger or strangers.
The researchers found that dog training was associated with a decrease in aggression when dogs were trained to use their instincts to protect themselves and others.
However, when training a dog to be friendly, the training did not result in a decrease of aggressive behavior.
Instead, training the dog to become friendly had the opposite effect: When dogs were forced to learn to interact with humans or strangers, their aggression decreased.
“Dogs trained to be good at avoiding danger, for example, will be more likely to become aggressive toward humans,” the researchers wrote in their study.
The study suggests that dogs are not immune to the human-initiated aggression in humans, and that a training approach that doesn’t teach dogs to avoid people may not be able to prevent it.
The takeaway from the study is that it is important to be careful about training your dog to avoid conflict, but it is not necessarily a bad idea to teach your dog some other behavior to minimize the risk of them becoming aggressive in the first place.
“When dogs are trained to play nice with people, they have a better chance of interacting with them,” Dr. DeSondra Fries, a veterinary assistant professor at the USC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, said in a video.
“It’s the kind of training that’s not really designed for safety.
It’s designed to prevent them from getting into trouble.”
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