Hot dogs

Vote in the polls below to have your say in today’s hotly debated dog issues and to help show opinion trends on these subjects.

After voting, you can also leave a comment to expand your view on Dogs: my philosophical position. I really value your views on these passion-stirring debates.

1. The pack theory

The theory goes something like this: dogs come from wolves, wolves are pack animals, dominant dogs try to be the alpha wolf, must keep dog from becoming alpha wolf.

Soooo, what’s your take on this: a load of boloni, or hard fact?

The pack theory: fact or fiction?

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2. Offleash dogs in public places

Would you like a world where dogs are allowed off-leash pretty much everywhere?

Offleash dogs in public places: good or bad?

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3. Halti (Gentle Leader)

Halti/Gentle Leaders

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4. Food lures in training 

Using food lure to place dog in desired position for first few times you are trying to put another behaviour on cue.

Food lures in training

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5. Allowing rough-housing

Courtesy of Judy Sebesta Photography

Play-fighting with your dog. Allowing him to (gently) mouth you during the game.

Is play-fighting with your dog OK?

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6. Dog parks

Dog parks

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7. Shelter adoption vs. breeder dog

In your opinion, are the risks and uncertainties of shelter adoption too much?

Would you rather get a dog from a shelter or a (good) breeder?

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8. Standard certification for canine behaviour therapists

Would you welcome a legislation reserving the profession of behaviour therapists to only people with a standard qualification?

Standard, compulsory certification for behaviour therapists

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9. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)

In response to media reports of pitbull attacks, many jurisdictions are putting breed bans in place. Where do you stand on the idea?

Breed-specific legislation

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10. Punishing growling

The approach that is increasingly advised by professionals is to refrain from punishing the dog for growling, for fear the dog might bite without warning in the future. With this approach, the owners are of course advised to immediately address the root cause.

Where do you stand on this issue?

Would you punish your dog for growling

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