Really? I see dominance theory worked out on a regular basis, week after week, month after month, year after year. It is part of what we work on damn near every training session. Most people would not know what a real aggressive dog is unless it bit them. Just because someone who claims to have research and statistics that they can mold to fit their theory does not necessarily make it a reality. In the setting I train in we thrive on extremely aggressive dogs and managing their behavior. Some of these dogs would have been euthanized a long time ago, if it had been left to some "behaviorists".
I usually do not respond to posts such as the op posted. I must say it does make me feel pretty snarky to see the standard response "find a behaviorist". I have trained for years in a culture that routinely deals with some of the most aggressive dogs on the planet. I can tell you most people would not have a clue how to handle these dogs. I would bet money that nearly every "behaviorist" would go to CYA mode and tell the owner to euthanize because it is highly unlikely they would have any real answers for a really aggressive dog.
My mentor was mentored by Reinhard Lindner and Jurgen Ritzi. These guys were the head of the border patrol programs in Germany and had a reputation in those circles at being the best at handling extremely aggressive dogs. With such dogs you do what you have to do to solve the problems, rehome, or euthanize. Unfortunately many people would be unable or unwilling to do what it takes to get the job done. For a fear biter or otherwise reactive, but relatively soft dog, maybe some of the techniques that people on here might suggest, such as NILF, more basic training, etc might get the job done. For a truly aggressive dog, these methods are not going to cut it.
- your 2 posts above, is the most refreshing good read, on canine aggression...I had the pleasure to read:
Case in point, and everyone here on DT, knew of my Amy dober, in senior years:
- with therapy canine demeanour / humanized language intellegent / & family protector girl
So I introduce my Amy to this 9 week old, 23 lb. female mastiff...it growls back big time, and the lady owner laughs...real proud of its new found behavior - me I was disgusted at the sudden outburst.
At one year old, it was drawing blood, on her 2 kids ankles..when mom came home from work....jealous of shared love.
Once I dropped by for a few minutes, it CLOCKED its BIG HARD/BONEY HEAD into my cheek bone.
- this gave me a real head ache for the remainder of the night
Few months latter, I returned, but this time "I clocked it seconds before it set me up, to physically hurt me again".
- next I stern voiced OB commanded it, in a few simple commands...and returned loving hand strokes with softer voice, on realized gains
(Asian older lady was visiting & her knees were trembling, sitting on the livingroom couch...big aggressive dog terrified her)
Within 15 minutes with me, lady owner said, "your only the 2nd person, in this world, that my dog will listen to or can touch".
I offered more future training help (that evening) but the owner had it all under control.
- as they went to beginner puppy class, a year earlier...additional lessons ($$) not necessary
One month later, VET had the family aggressive girl put down...sadly, just in the wrong home.
- "whole dominance pack theory" or "the alpha theory"...fiction or not (who cares debate? not me), but having that old human mind set, seems to work
- and this lad, has never been bit by other peoples aggressive dog, and worked with a few dillys Adult Bella (RIP, life terminated young) was eventually euthanize, given only the Vets advice:
- would of made a good dog, for someone else...more suited and experienced