Aggressive Dogs

Crawmer’s Animal Training has been handling aggressive dogs and dangerous dogs for more than 40 years. While it was never meant to be our specialty it became our specialty because the need is so prevalent and there are so very few professionals prepared or willing to handle it.

Sadly, many dogs are euthanized needlessly when an in depth analysis and a comprehensive program would have made all the difference.

It is widely understood and accepted that guard dogs, protection dogs and military dogs are aggressive. It is also true that any high level sport dog is aggressive, including hunting dogs, tracking dogs and agility dogs. Aggressive temperaments are more than acceptable, such a temperament can often make the difference between an excellent and poor prospect when looking for the right dog for a particular job. It is common to erroneously conclude that aggressive dogs are inherently bad. In fact, an aggressive dog may be exactly what is needed. Trained for the job at hand, by a person who knows how to accomplish that training, an aggressive dog can be a star performer. The same dog in the wrong hands may be euthanized for the same aggression …..aimed in the wrong direction.

An aggressive dog with no training or poor training can be a logistical and legal nightmare for the person responsible for its actions. Such a dog can be a threat to public safety. Although surprising to many people, the exact same dog may be fine in one environment and downright dangerous in another. Dogs may be aggressive only toward dogs that are strangers to them, only dogs in their own household, only cats that are strangers to them, only cats in their own household, only small pets that are strangers to them, only small pets in their own household and only wildlife. Some dogs are aggressive toward all other animals at all times.

Dogs may show aggression only toward persons who are strangers, only family members, only men, only women or only children. They may show aggressive tendencies only at the groomer or only at the veterinarian’s office. Dogs may show aggression only when food is present, only when a toy is present or only in a particular location. Some dogs are aggressive toward all people at all times but this is surprisingly rare

Dogs bite, threaten to bite or engage in fights for many reasons. The list of criteria may seem confusing and random…. but it is neither! The causation is elusive and predictability uncertain only if you don’t understand what you are seeing. These reasons must be identified before any attempt to alter the behavior is implemented.

Attempting to deal with dangerous aggressive behavior and/or progressive aggression behavior in the wrong way can intensify the problem. Dog aggression is serious. Doing nothing is, at the very least, problematic. If you observe traits that you are uncomfortable with, please don’t wait, act immediately. Crawmer’s Animal Training will help you.

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Catherine Crawmer is a noted speaker and teacher on the subject of dangerous dogs and dog behavior.

After the Nov 1997 murder of nursing student of Jenna Grieshaber inside her Albany apartment police were delayed at her door by Ms. Grieshaber's own dog. The New York State Humane Association held a seminar for police agencies and dog control professions on dog behavior in which Catherine Crawmer addressed the subject of identifying the body language of dogs, determining the level of threat and controlling and removing dangerous dogs.

In 2003 she joined a panel of experts including Assemblyman Paul Tonko, Former State Police Investigator Susan McDonough, and others at Albany Law School to address pit bulls and public safety.

In 2010 and 2011 Catherine conducted a seminar for animal control officers hosted by the New York State Dept of Agriculture and Markets Dept on the subject of recognizing and handling dangerous dogs.

In 2012 James Seror of Pittstown was mauled by two loose dogs leaving him in critical condition. The evaluation of the dogs was done by Catherine Crawmer for Pittstown Town Court. The behavior of two of the dogs was so dangerous that the town's dog control officer was unable to move them to the veterinarian. Catherine Crawmer and Glenn Stevans transported these two animals demonstrating the skillful use of state of the art equipment and techniques while protecting public safety.

In May of 2013 Catherine will conduct another seminar hosted by the New York State Dept of Agriculture and Markets on the subject of the New York State Dangerous Dog Law (Article 7 Sec. 123) from complaint, to and through the court system and the role of the Dog Control Officer.

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