GSD Corrects Husky For Humping | Behaviour Breakdown

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I’ve said for a long time (and this isn’t my quote) that if you remove the leashes and remove the humans, dogs have a great way of finding balance among themselves. This video is a great for instance of this, but it also outlines a number of other interesting things. At first, I was angry. Because the title of the video was in Italian, and it had been shared by a number of my friends who are dog trainers, I was ready for it to be a video about how crappy dog parks are.

Then I watched it… and became very happy…

I later learned that this was an organized social session, or at least, that is my assumption after seeing this poorly translated statement from the description of the video:

Class of communication for aki, a Siberian husky wants to handle the world. Thanks to the intervention of the two pillars of our male Igor and Wallace, begins to understand that we cannot always do as they like. Fight ritualized without injuries. –Translated from Facebook description

So watch the video, then come back because we have some things to discuss.

Awesome, right?

So let’s discuss a few amazing things about this video in no particular order

The Human That Knew His Place

The video opens up with the offending husky humping the hell out of a Lab and a human moving towards the Husky but stops when he notices the bushy GSD taking notice. This is how it should be. If the dogs are capable of working it out and learning from each other… let them!

The Husky’s Behaviour

Understanding that harassing and bothersome behaviour is not “your dog being friendly”. The Husky was overstepping his bounds. Obsessive humping and harassment of another dog is not okay. Pro-social behaviour understands when a dog doesn’t want to be bothered or engaged with you. So if you attempt to elicit play (which MIGHT have been what the Husky was doing) but the other dog isn’t having it, you back off and move on. Also, the Husky eventually became frustrated with the smaller GSD’s interventions and snapped at him. This was obviously the tipping point for the group.

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The Good Deals

I talk a lot about the concept of Good Deals, Not-So-Good deals and bad deals in dog training and one of the things I hear the most is “it happened out of nowhere”. How many ‘good deals’ can you count? How many times was the Husky politely asked to check his behaviour before being addressed by the Big GSD? I counted 5 ALONE from the smaller GSD and a few more from the Lab. This isn’t the greatest quality video, but I’m certain there was even some from other pack members or maybe even some hard eye contact from the Big GSD from off camera (like the look that stopped the Husky at the start). Lots of good deals and opportunities were given before physical action was taken on the offender. This is important in how we discipline our dogs in the world as well. We need to give good deals first.

The AMAZING Reaction of the Humans when the Correction went down!

Brah-Fucking-Vo for this! I’m certain there’s a ton of cultural differences between where this was filmed and where most of us live (North America I presume), but not ONE PERSON said a damn thing when the Big GSD handled business! Amazing. Everybody allowed the Husky to absorb the lesson he had learned from the GSD… not one person told the GSD “that’s enough, let him up” or made a stink about the ruckus barking… everybody just allowed the dogs to handle it. I can promise you, at least when that big GSD is around, that Husky will now be minding his P’s and Q’s

No Hard Feelings

After a few moments of absorbing the correction, the bigger GSD releases his pressure on the Husky and allows him to do as he pleases. No hard feelings, you just can’t do that in our group. The Husky then returns to what I believe are likely his humans off to the side who are sitting down and observing.

All in all, this was just an amazing example of the control that dogs are capable of having over their aggressive behaviour because at its core, that’s all aggression is: communication. You can’t fight in the wild unless it really means something because even a cut can lead to death. There’s no vets out there, so fights are few and far between among balanced and socially adjusted canines. That being said, growling and showing teeth are more common because that’s their way of maintaining order and social structure. Dogs like this Husky who represent what we think is acceptable behaviour is shown here to be really disliked by balanced dogs and you can tell that by the eagle eye that the two GSD’s had on him the whole time.

Final Note! READ THIS

The most important thing I want people to recognize from watching this video is the self-control and emotional control necessary to pull of this type of disciplinary maneuver… YOU DON’T HAVE IT! No human has that type of emotional control to administer this type of consequence without allowing frustration or anger to leak into and ANY little bit of that will show and make you less credible. There’s better ways for humans to handle anti-social or inappropriate behaviour from dogs and unless you claim to have complete emotional control, I suggest you don’t handle it like you just watched.


 

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