“Growly dog classes” are for suckers.
All canines are creatures that survive in a pack. A family group. This means they can be influenced by peer pressure. I am always shocked how foolish dog trainers and dog behaviorists will hold “growly dog” classes!
Why on earth would I want to bring an already unstable, aggressive, fearful, hyper, dominant or otherwise unsocial dog into a group of dogs suffering the same afflictions? The idea is that we can all work on these issues together, right? Wrong. This only sets up your “growly” dog for failure and gives them no good example dogs to learn from. Yes, socialization is key and one of the only things to really help our aggressive or fearful dogs but it needs to be done in the right way. Naturally our pups and dogs want and need to learn by watching the older dog (in the wild the older canine is always balanced and a great social communicator). “Growly dog classes” are a waste of time and money.
Now if you had a group of balanced, calm, social dogs and you brought your unbalanced, out of control, “growly” dog into that group…..Now you are talking! Now there’s a solution!
Remember folks, all the greatest scientific and medical minds in society many years ago believed that the earth was flat! Turns out they were dead wrong. Just because society (or the majority) believes something it in no way means it is true!
Keep exploring and discovering your dog.