K-9 Behavior Services' Jeremy Talamantes and Stephanie O'Brien & Momo appear on 'The Doctors' as the authority on dog aggression!
KCAL9's show 'The Doctors' goes to K-9 Behavior Services as the authority on dog aggression. This show aired Thursday, October 28th, at 11am on channel 9 (Los Angeles) regarding what to do if you are confronted by or attacked by an aggressive dog. K-9 Behavior Services puts host, Dr. Travis Stork, in a bite suit and has Stephanie O'Brien's Malinois, Momo, attack him from across the stage.
Dog Training and Dog Aggression Is A Problem In Los Angeles And Surrounding Areas!
We have a big problem with dog aggression in Southern California. I attribute this problem to inexperienced dog trainers stepping out of their boundaries as trainers and misleading the general public. We also have a group of unethical dog trainers on television promoting training that is not responsible when dealing with dog aggression. The general public takes their advice as quality training and utilizes what they are teaching, which can result in increased aggression and heightened dominance behaviors.
What Is The Best Way To Deal With Dog Aggression?
Yes, there are multiple approaches and techniques used when dealing with dogs. However, dog aggression is specialized and should never be dealt with by 'All Love and Praise' only. It should never be dealt with by trainers that have experience in obedience only. I have often heard this phrase, 'aggression begets aggression', and have read and listened to many so called 'behaviorists' preach this theory. Well, yes, our training will beget the aggression that is 'already' in your dog. However, you must draw out this aggression in order to be able to evaluate it and deal with it accordingly. Make no mistake, your dog absolutely will show its aggression to us!
Lets Make 'Who We Are' Clear...
We are licensed and insured professionals that deal with aggressive dogs on a daily basis. Our experience comes from many years of working in the field with very aggressive dogs. I, Jeremy Talamantes, am a certified French Ring decoy, one of the most difficult certifications to get in one of the most difficult protection sports in the world. I have been taking bites from aggressive dogs of all breeds, sizes, shapes, origins, genders, and temperaments for over 15 years. I have worked with dogs in many different protection dog sports, including Schutzhund, Mondio Ring, and French ring. I am very well known by many of the top protection dog trainers and competitors, not only in America, but also other countries. My lead trainer, Stephanie O'Brien, has also worked with aggressive dogs for many years, she has the bruises and scars to prove it. She, as a matter of fact, was almost killed by a Pit Bull by way of displaced/ redirected aggression. Stephanie's bio boasts her travels all over the world, including Belgium and France, to learn more about different training techniques and ways of dealing with different types of dog aggression. Stephanie is a high level French Ring competitor and her skills are known and respected all over the world. In summation, to work with us is to work with the best and our clients will prove it.
Lets Make 'Who We Are Not' Clear...
We are not wannabe dog trainers that boast of internet certifications and embellished accomplishments.
We are not the type of trainers that are going to candy coat your dog's aggression.
We are not the type of trainers that are going to just 'tell you what you want to hear'.
We are not the type of trainers that are going to take your money and then give you excuses later.
What Is The Next Step?
The best thing to do is start with training immediately. ALL dogs will benefit from our dog training, aggressive or not aggressive. Therefore, anybody who owns an aggressive dog should start with training immediately. We have a few different programs to chose from, one of which should fit your budget and lifestyle. Call today for more information and to get started.
We do give aggression evaluations. Our aggression evaluations are very unique and draw out the true aggression that is in your dog. This will enable you and us to give a real evaluation of how violent his aggression is and how workable his aggression truly is. Often times, inexperienced dog trainers do not pull out a dog's aggression, they simply go by what the owner is telling them, resulting in a lack of understanding of the dog's aggression. Therefore, it is important to pull out the aggression in the initial evaluation and begin working with it. Trainers that want to win your dog over with a cookie and make buddies with your dog do not know what they are doing and are way out of their league.
Does Neutering Really Make A Difference?
There is a real misconception regarding neutering males. Unfortunately, there is only one guarantee... your dog will no longer have his testicles. Behaviorally speaking, it does help in some cases. However, in most cases, a dog's desire and drive to be aggressive will prevail. We are not suggesting that you should not neuter your dog, we are simply stating that you should begin training first.
Please, Lets Not Forget What A Dog Is...
A dog is... well, a dog. Dogs are aggressive by nature, as are many other animals and people. Aggression is a way of communication. Aggression is a way of establishing who is the boss and what you will allow and will not allow. Yes, there is some validity to dominance types of training and there is some validity to raising and training your dog with love and praise. As with anything in life, balance is always one of the keys to success.
Below are dog aggression cases relating to Los Angeles, Orange County, and Ventura County that should show how serious dog aggression can be when not choosing reputable dog aggression training.
Good Samaritan Helps Man Being Mauled By Pit Bulls
LAKE ELSINORE (CBSLA.com) — A 53-year-old man being mauled by pit bulls in his front yard Tuesday was fortunate to have a Good Samaritan come to his aid.
The unidentified victim was attacked in the 18000 block of Honey Lane shortly after 4 p.m., according to Sgt. Linda Hughes of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies say the victim was trying to break up a fight between his pit bull and his roommate’s pit bull when the dogs turned on him.
A man driving by saw the attack and crashed his van into the victim’s fence to scare the dogs away.
A neighbor called police.
“I just think about it, and it’s sad. It’s a human, you know,” neighbor Carmen Hernandez said. “[The dogs] were just pulling him. I was so scared that I got my dog and came right back, because I had my children in the house.”
By the time deputies arrived the attack had ended, but not before leaving the victim with bite wounds to his face, arms and hands. He was transported to a hospital and was listed in critical condition.
Authorities searched the property for the dogs and came across two women who refused to answer any questions.
Aurielle Branca, 20, and Gloria Osborne, 34, were arrested and cited with interfering with a police investigation.
The victim’s roommate signed over his dog to be euthanized.
Riverside animal services impounded four adult pit bulls and two puppies.
Three of the dogs belong to the victim.
It’s not yet clear whether any of the other dogs will be euthanized.
Woman And Her Dog Attacked By Pit Bulls
By John Carroll
Story Published: Sep 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM PDT
Story Updated: Sep 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM PDT
An Oceanside woman and her 13-year-old dog are recovering in their home after a vicious attack by two pit bulls. In a San Diego 6 exclusive, Laurie Larsen said the attack happened right outside her home Friday morning as she and Buddy were coming back from a walk.
Larsen said the attack was unprovoked. Now, she and her son are watching the medical bills add up from an attack she said never should have happened... an attack for which no one is taking responsibility.
"It was like, this flash of black went flying by me and the next thing I know he's got a hold of Buddy's neck," Larsen said, recounting the horrific Friday morning attack. 13-year-old Buddy was badly injured, lucky to be alive. The attack that caused the wounds on her beloved dog now plays over and over in Larsen's mind. "(I was) yanking on his collar and I hit him with my leash on the top of his head as hard as I could and this dog did not flinch," she said. Larsen said she screamed for help while continuing to struggle to get the pit bull off of Buddy. But the black pit bull wasn't her only worry. She said another pit bull was attacked as well. "The second dog just kept running back and then running up and then he'd take a nip and then he'd run back," Larsen said.
Larsen said after what seemed like an eternity, people finally started coming out to help. She said the dogs don't live in the West Winds Mobile Home Park, instead she said her neighbors were dog sitting.
San Diego 6 wanted to give Larsen's neighbors an opportunity to tell their side of the story. But, it was an opportunity they were not interested in. San Diego 6's John Carroll asked, "Do you regret that they (the dogs) were ever here in the first place?" The neighbor answered, "I have no comment at this time. My legal department has told me not to answer any questions..."
Both the San Diego Humane Society and Oceanside Police responded to the Friday attack. The Humane Society took the black pit bull and are now holding the animal in a 10-day bite quarantine. The other pit bull was not removed because, Larsen said, witnesses lied and said the dog wasn't involved in the attack.
San Diego 6 confirmed with mobile home park management that pit bulls are not allowed in the park. Larsen said her neighbors apologized for the attack, but haven't offered to help with any of her mounting medical expenses. As of the time of this writing, the bills for Buddy alone exceed $6000.
As for the black pit bull, Laurie Larsen said she is clear on what should happen to him. "It should be put down. It should be put down," she said.
The Oceanside Police officer who responded to the attack hasn't yet filed a report, so it's unknown at this point what action the department might take. A spokesperson for the Humane Society told San Diego 6 that an investigation is underway now, and any decisions on what charges the neighbors or the man who owns the dogs might face will have to wait until that investigation is complete. San Diego 6 will continue to follow the story and bring you the result of the investigation once it is complete.
Aggressive Pit Bulls In The News...
Types of injuries inflicted by aggressive dogs:
Injuries inflicted by dogs can be devastating, especially to young children. The small height of a child almost always results in facial injuries. Repairing these injuries may require immediate reconstructive surgery with additional surgical procedures over time. Techniques such as skin grafting and microsurgical repair also may require multiple procedures, as do scar diminishment treatments, such as: dermabrasion (sanding of the skin) and pressure scar modification.
According to a 2010 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the most common principal diagnoses for dog bite-related hospitalizations included skin and subcutaneous tissue infections (43.2%), open wounds of extremities (22.1%), and open wounds of the head, neck, and trunk (10.5%). Other chief diagnoses included fracture of upper limb, infective arthritis and osteomyelitis, septicemia, crushing injury or internal injury and fracture of lower limb.
Nearly all dog bite victims suffer psychological injury, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Even with treatment, fear of another attack may never fade. Each time a victim walks down a sidewalk, strolls through a park or visits a dog owner's home, the trauma returns. Man's best friend -- to the irony and horror of a dog bite victim -- is fully integrated into our society. Stories abound, particularity about senior citizens, who are terrified to leave their home after a serious dog attack.
In an article published by The Mercury News, Angela Silva talks about her life after a horrific dog attack. In September of 2007, a neighbor's pit bull suddenly charged into Angela's garage in Fremont, California as she was cleaning out her car. The dog lunged at her 7-month old child. In an act of quick thinking, Silva placed her son into a nearby garbage can to protect him and used her left arm as a shield. The pit bull shredded through Silva's arm before help arrived.
Nearly four months after the attack, Silva told the Mercury News that she has yet to take a walk outside and that she gets "fresh air" by sitting on her porch behind a new wooden fence that her boyfriend built. To further distance herself from the dog's owner, who lived next door, Silva moved several neighborhoods away. But even in her new home, Silva said she still has a stack of medical bills she is unsure how to pay and continues to have dreams filled with mad, vicious dogs.
Mom Bites Off Dog's Ear To Save Daughter's Life
The Huffington Post | By David Moye
Posted: 04/24/2014 1:45 pm EDT Updated: 04/24/2014 1:59 pm EDT
Mackenzi Plass, 2, was almost mauled to death by a pit bull but her mother stopped the attack by biting off the dog's ear.
Like most parents, Chelsi Camp will do anything in her power for her kids and that recently meant biting off a dog's ear.
That's what Camp did in March, when a neighbor's pit bull attacked her two-year-old daughter, Mackenzi Plass, near their home in Alvin, Texas.
"The dog came up and he was just curious. When he smelled her, that's when you saw it flip because I think he smelled my dog on her," Camp told KHOU-TV.
When the dog attacked little Mackenzi, Camp reacted by shoving her fist into the dog's mouth. Then she bit off its ear while turning her daughter over to make sure the child didn't choke on blood.
Amazingly, Camp managed to call 911 during the fight. When the officer arrived, he shot the pit bull, but didn't kill it.
The animal was later euthanized, the New York Daily News reports.
Thanks to her mother, Mackenzi survived the attack. She has scars on her face from the dog bites.
Sutures are being removed this week, but she has to stay out of the sun for a year, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
For Camp, the hardest part of the ordeal occurred after the attack. As a result of injuries sustained during the dog fight, she temporarily lost the use of her arms.
“I can actually hold [Mackenzi] again. I couldn’t hold her for the first week that was the hardest part,” she said, according to UPI.com.