Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:23 AM
That is absolutely true...treating aggression with force often leads to making matters worse. At no time though was force suggested. A time out is a form of negative punishment (withholding something the dog wants) versus positive punishment which uses force such as corrections, hitting, etc.
I know I threw out the word punishment and did leave it vague, but at no time did I mean to use force for punishment. Rather, withhold the food. Make him earn his right to eat.
Once they can be in the same room together, eating side by side again, then we can reward them both by tossing something super yummy into the dish as they are eating. That would be positive reinforcement, but then we may just be opening the door up to aggression again. Calmly petting both is a great way to positively reinforce things without having to bring more food into the mix.
The important thing is that the rules apply to both. If you want them to be equal, then you have to treat them as such.
I apologize for the vagueness of the original response, but we are being inundated with spammers lately and by the time I get around to answering posts, I've already spent over an hour just doing Admin. stuff. I'm getting really tired of these trollers.
JMM: Thank you for pointing all of this out as it is important to clarify these things. It is appreciated by all.