Are schutzhund trained dogs more dangerous?
Animal and human aggressive dogs are not allowed in schutzhund. Proper schutzhund training is, above all else, focused on predictability and control. With proper training for both the dog and its handler, a naturally aggressive dog should become better behaved. Training does not create temperament that was not there in the first place. The reactions of a properly trained schutzhund dog simply become more predictable and controllable. The schutzhund trained dog is truly a more reliable companion. The most dangerous dogs are the ones that lack confidence and the ability to deal with new environments and are apt to bite out of fear. The strong, confident dog who knows it can deal with whatever comes over the horizon has no need of preemptive biting. The correct Schutzhund may be taken out in public with confidence and introduced to guests in the home along with the rest of the family. The prime purpose of the Schutzhund sport is to identify and promote strong, stable dogs as a guide to breeding programs.
Can playing tug-of-war make my dog more aggressive?
Only when this game is played carelessly by the human. Tug-of-war is a “win or lose” game that appeals to a natural canine behavior, related to fighting or pulling apart a kill in the wild to “win” the most food. Therefore, it is important that the tug-of-war game does not go too far with a puppy or adult dog that has a potentially agressive temperament. Every game should be treated as an obedience exercise. The trainer must be the one who allows the game to begin and must also be the one to determine when it ends. It is good to let the dog win sometimes, but in the end the human must “win” the tugging contest by ending up with the prize (the dog rope or other toy) otherwise the pooch may begin to act as the alpha dog over the submissive human. This is the same way that an alpha dog plays with members of the pack. The subordinate members will be allowed to win sometimes, but the game always ends with the alpha dog in charge.