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Dec 22, 2010 8:42 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Training a dog is not an easy task, and the majority of training is actually training the person to better understand how to handle dogs in general, and theirs specifically. If you are not very comfortable with dogs and dog mentality, don't start now with attempts at interference. You need to get a reputable and well experienced person to help you out. As you said, the control starts way before the fighting starts, so that when you do need control, it is already in place. You are the leader in everything, including maintaining pack peace.
My favorite dog author is Carol Lea Benjamin, but read lots of dog books, as well. Any information you can get will help you to develop a better understanding, and eventually better communication, with you dogs.
By the way, I think it is wonderful that you help out so many of these lost dogs. I know I can only really handle 2 of my own on a long term basis, so I limit myself to what I feel comfortable with.
Check back later, and you should receive some more input.
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