March 2009

A new study, published by the University of Pennsylvania, revealed its findings concerning the use of ‘dominance’ type training to correct aggression in dogs. Not really astonishing news to enlightened, reward-based trainers. But, it may surprise fans of the self proclaimed ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan, and others, who espouse dominance-based, pack leader, alpha rank techniques to control, diminish or eliminate dog aggression.

UPenn researchers determined that the number one reason dog parents take their dogs to a trainer/behaviorist is to manage aggressive behavior. Meghan E. Herron, lead author of the study, said. “Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them or intimidating them with physical manipulation does little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.” (more…)


An animal control officer picked up a stray dog in Tennessee last month. The German shepherd dog was scanned for a micro chip and information was indeed found which led to re-uniting the dog with his owners.

Astro’s owners were shocked to hear the news – their dog went missing nine years ago when the family lived in Florida. During those years the family moved three times eventually settling in Louisville, Kentucky.