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The K9aggression Community is to support owners of aggressive dogs.
This is the beta version of an online support group for dog owners of dogs with behavior issues. Beta means that we are ready to bring our community to the public with the understanding that are testing the functionality of the community to fine tune it so we can serve you better.
Below is a list of all the topics we will cover in this guide. Go ahead and click on any of these links, and you’ll be taken to that specific section.
- What is a Support Group (Overview)
- Current Discussion Groups
- How to Post
- Posting Format
- Opting into the Member Community
- Favorites and Subscription to Posts
- Your Profile Visibility
- Our Approach and Expectations (Community Attitude)
- I need help, what do I do?
- Post Your Updates
- Content Guidelines
- Product Recommendations
- Emoticons and Acronyms Examples
- Member Moderation
- Rules on Punishment Based Techniques
- Trainers, Behaviorists and Other Professionals
- Who are the Moderators
- Supporting Our Efforts
WHAT IS A SUPPORT GROUP?
Support groups are one way to meet people who are in the same boat you are in. It is a gathering of people who share similar experiences, situations or problems. It is a group of people who get together because they want to talk to other people who are interested in and concerned about the same things – their aggressive dogs.
What the group talks about depends on you. It is a way to share and exchange information. It is a good place to learn how to keep your spirits up, and what other people do when they get down. It will give you a chance to share your feelings and hear the experiences of others. The more diverse information we are exposed to the better informed we will be.
We are a unique group in that we discourage anyone from claiming to be an expert, regardless of their background. We are all equal because we all have unique experiences. There is no need to have any knowledge in dog training or dog aggression to participate. Feel free to ask questions, contribute theories, and share your successes or frustrations. Above all, make the effort to be supportive of other members and treat others with respect, and dignity. The success of this group depends on you.
Current Discussion Groups
- Support Group Rules
- Start here first
- SUPPORT GROUP – MAIN DISCUSSION
- This discussion group is for providing each other with encouragement, comfort, and personal (not professional) suggestions. Any advice here cannot replace advice from a trained professional who have taken a detailed history and has had the opportunity to assess your dog or consult with you directly. Please understand: Any suggestions that recommend the use of force, fear or intimidation will have to be deleted by the administrators.
- Inspirational Posts
- Treating and managing behavior problems in dogs can be challenging from time to time. Sometimes all you need is a different way to look at things. Share your successes. Share ideas on how to keep positive, motivated and inspired here.
- Trainer / Behaviorist Promotion
- This area is for dog trainers and behaviorists to promote their services. Please add your location, contact details and any experience and credentials you might have. Dog owners, please feel free to ask questions about their approach or philosophies, but please don’t take advantage of these professionals by asking for free advice.
- Recommended Products
- If you have had experience using a tool or product, describe how you are using it. FOR USERS: Research before you buy or use – you will need to “due diligence” as to whether the product is right for you to buy or use). ** All links will be changed if possible by the moderators to affiliate Amazon links in order to support the running of this site
HOW TO POST
Only logged in members can post. If you wish to become a member, go to the community registration page and follow the instructions. If you are a member, you need to log in to post. Once you are a member and are logged in you can post a new topic by going to a discussion group you are interested in posting in. Scroll to the bottom of the topics and use the form to post a new topic.
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OPTING INTO THE MEMBER COMMUNITY
Once you are a member you have the option to opt in to the community. By default it is turned off at registration. You will have to manually opt to be included at registration or by clicking on your (user name) > Profile > Edit. This can be changed at any time. You do not have o opt in to the community to post in the discussion forums.
Opting in to the Member Community is a more private way to connect with others with similar interests. Opting into the community allows you to:
- If you have included yourself in the Member Community you can friend others in the Member Community. If they accept your friend request you can see each others posting activity. This can be helpful if you meet members who have similar breeds or issues to your own. Or perhaps there is a particular trainer or professional whose posts you would like to follow: this feature will allow you see when they post.
- You can search for others in the Member Community based on what they have included in their profile (as they can search for you)
Public messaging outside of public discussion groups
- You can also “@” a member if you would like them to read a comment you’ve posted in your profile much the same way Twitter works. Unlike the discussion groups, these mentions are only visible to those members who are logged in and have opted to be in the Member Community.
- Private messaging: You can send private messages to people on your friends list. This can be useful if you wish to exchange personal details that you only want your friend to see. For example, perhaps you want to meet up with someone in your city. However we strongly encourage you to practice safety any time you agree to meet up with someone. Always tell people where you are going and always meet in public.
Find others in the community based on Profile information
Want to connect with others in your city or have similar breed types or dog behavior issues? Add the information in your profile information. Members can connect with other based on their profile info.
FAVORITES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
- You can favorite a post so that you can view it from your profile at any time.
- You can subscribe to a post or a discussion group, or opt in to get email notifications letting you know when your post has been replied to.
- You can set your email notifications by by logging in, clicking on your user name > Settings > Email
YOUR PROFILE VISIBILITY
Your user name and uploaded profile image.
- Your user name and uploaded profile image can be seen anywhere you have posted.
- If you have opted into the Member Community, your user name and uploaded image can also be seen by others in the Member Community.
- Include information in your profile that you would like others in the Member Community to find you by. For example, if you would like to connect with others that share your dog breed or town, state, province or country you live in.
- You can change these visibility settings by logging in, clicking on your user name and then > Settings > Profile Visibility, but even if you have turned off visibility for a particular area, your profile those in the Member Community can still search for information you have have included in your profile. However, a searcher will not know where in your profile their search term exists.
OUR APPROACH AND EXPECTATIONS (Community Attitude)
Although we acknowledge that from time to time disagreements may occur, the tone of our community is important to us. We started with and successfully maintained a respectful and safe community for several years and we intend to carry forward the practice to today.
- Behave with kindness and respect. Do your best to respond in such a way that you leave the other member’s dignity intact.
- Never assume that a member has any kind of knowledge about dog behavior or training, and never assume they don’t.
- Please avoid presenting your theories as facts unless you can back up your statements with verified research. Instead present your ideas as ideas, opinions or beliefs.
- Do not say anything you would not say to someone’s face. When in doubt sent your post to someone for feedback before making public
- Please follow the 24 hour rule before you respond to allow yourself to cool down if emotional.
- Do not shame, embarrass, or ridicule others. It only makes you look bad regardless of how right you might be. If you want to make a point, you need to understand where they are coming from and empathize before you can get through to them.
- Internet trolls are everywhere. They try to inflame other. It’s not you they are after, it’s your reaction. Ignore them.
I HAVE A DOG WITH AN AGGRESSION PROBLEM – WHAT DO I DO?
It is tempting to rely on discussion groups for advice, but there may be issues with your dog that you ae unaware of (for example, generalized anxiety may be at the root of your dog’s aggression, and therefor may need medication, or you are missing important cues that your dog’s issues are much worse than you realize).
If you are facing an aggression problem, we recommend consulting your veterinarian to rule out any causes of aggression. Possibly up to 50% of aggression problems are rooted in medical causes. Once this can be ruled out, we recommend you find a good expert to assess your dog and help you. Our ebook is designed to be a blueprint of a treatment plan that you can refer to on your journey.
While training suggestions may be offered here or elsewhere, it is no substitute to consulting a qualified expert who takes the time to actually meet you and your dog, take a detailed behavioral history, and provide you with a treatment program.
POST YOUR UPDATES
Most people join discussion groups looking for help. At the same time, your post or your replies can make a big difference to others.
One of the most beneficial things for other members to read are the follow-up to any given situation that has been discussed. Often members post looking for help, but we never get to hear what happened. Regardless of the outcome, we can all learn and benefit from your experiences.
- Due to the inherent danger of treating dog aggression, we cannot accept any content that recommends or endorses e-collars/shock collars or punishment.
- Moderators may step in to remove, edit or comment on posts that may be perceived as being inflammatory or problematic. Please note that this is not personal (we may even agree with you), nor we are not perfect or necessarily right. But the intention of the moderators is to make this a safe place for people to find support.
- You can report posts you feel are spam, inflammatory, sexual, harm (self or otherwise), otherwise hate oriented and anything else typically deemed unacceptable.
- Do not copy, plagiarise or otherwise infringe on copyright.
- Your posts will remain on the site even if you decide to no longer be a member.
- Post in English please.
- You do not have to be an expert to post.
- Do not copy, plagiarise or otherwise infringe on copyright.
- Please provide attribution to your posts (who said it, when and where).
- Your posts will remain on the site even if you decide to no longer be a member.
- Post in English please.
- Spammers will not be tolerated.
- Do not use the support discussion group to promote yourself or business. Trainers and other dog behavior specialists have a discussion group for this use. It is not meant for any other promotion.
- If you have experience with a product (muzzles, a harness, a thunder shirt, a training tool, etc.) and it helped you, please share it.
- To avoid spam, we ask that you only post products you have personal experience with. Any posts that only include links will be deleted as they are not of any use to our community.
- We can’t accept any recommendations or promotions for e-collars, invisible fences or any aversive products designed to frighten, disturb, intentionally frustrate animals. They will be deleted as if they never existed!
- We will alter or add links to where you can buy recommended products on Amazon. At no cost to you K9aggression.com can earn a (very) small commission if anyone buys that can go toward our hosting costs, running this community and paying a developer to keep our site updated and secure.
EMOTICONS and ACRONYMS EXAMPLES
Sometime people use little symbols to indicate the tone of a particular comment. This helps the clarity of communication, and we encourage it. If you ever have any questions about what something means, just ask. Some you might see are:
🙂 (colon, right bracket) Happy person
🙁 (colon, left bracket)Sad person
🙂 (colon, dash, right bracket)Happy person with a nose
🙁 (colon, dash, left bracket)Sad person with a nose
😀 (colon, dash, capital “D”)Person laughing
😉 Person winking (semi-colon, dash and right bracket)
:))) Very happy person
RULES REGARDING PUNISHMENT BASED TECHNIQUES
AS OF OCTOBER 2004 (yes, we were around even then!): Because we are dealing with a wide range of behavior problems here we do not accept any endorsements, recommendations or suggestions for using any potential pain based correction or punishment methods, such as choke collars, prong collars, e-collars etc., as these methods can make potentially be dangerous in treatment of aggressive or reactive dogs. We regret that any posts that endorse any of these methods will have to be edited or deleted. Members ARE free to discuss the pro and cons of these methods.
- A post being published does not mean it has been endorsed or accepted by the moderators or community. If your post gets published, moderators may still edit or remove your post after it is published if it is deemed it is not compliant with our community guidelines.
- Depending on your settings you might have the option report another member if they are harassing you or for an unacceptable post. Blocking means your profile will appear invisible to them, but they will still be able to see your posts.
- Members may also be put on moderation with or without warning. This is usually a group decision on behalf of the moderators. We will also consider moderating a member based on a number of complaints.
- Members may also be removed or banned without warning for harassing other members, spamming, trolling, soliciting, violating the policies or mandate of the group or otherwise abusing the list or its members. If you have any complaints about the conduct of other members, please send your concerns to the list moderators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- From time to time we may purge members who have not participated or who have stopped participating. This is to keep the numbers down and make the members who are sharing to feel more comfortable.
Depending on your setting you may have the option report and block another member. This means your profile will appear invisible to them, but they will still be able to see your posts.
EDITING YOUR POSTS
- You have a five minute window in which to edit your posts for typos, etc. after posting. The limit is to prevent spammers from posting acceptable content, and then changing it later. If you want a post edited or deleted after this period, please contact one of the moderators directly to do it for you.
- Your posts may be moderated, edited or removed by the moderators at our discretion.
Trainers, Behaviorists and Other Professionals
- We have a discussion group for you to promote yourself and/or your business! Feel free to include information about who you are, what your education and experience is and anything else you think will be relevant.
- We recommend you include yourself in the Member Community so other members can friend you and see when you have posted
- Remember that offering advice to an owner who’s dog you have no evaluated can cause problem. There may be more to the story than the owner realizes or is telling you.
- Dog owners, do your research first. Please do your due diligence when looking for a professional to work with your reactive, anxious or aggressive dog. We don’t endorse any professionals here. Look into certifications or other accreditations, contact references (although understand that these can be easy to supply or even manufactured), speak to them in person and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Please respect a professionals time in the discussion groups and don’t take advantage of free advice given. They have put time and effort into learning and practicing to make a living and deserve to be paid for their time.
Who are the moderators?
Our moderators are angels sent from heaven to earth to protect the innocents of the world. No, seriously, our community has been and continues to be run by volunteers for years. Some day we hope to make enough money from this site that we can yank them out of their soul-sucking jobs and they can devote all of their time to us and the dogs that need them.
Supporting our efforts
- K9aggression.com has always been a labour of love. If you find value in our community or our support or our articles please consider being a patron of K9aggression.
- Alternatively, you may wish to consider advertising on K9aggression.com if you have a service or product that could help our community. Contact us to learn more.
- Finally, clicking on our Amazon links and buying from Amazon earns us a small commission at no cost to you if you decide to buy.
- ***All discussion group posts are visible to the public.***
- Your privacy is important to us. But the discussion groups are currently in beta so there may be issues we have not yet encountered in our tests prior to going live. For now please do not add anything in your profile that you don’t want others to see until you have tested it.
- We never share your profile information with anyone else.
- You have the opportunity to decide who sees your profile, whether your profile is included in the Members Community and so on. Your profile, should you decide to include it in the community, is visible to those who have also opted in to be included to the community and are logged in.
- Other than to the administrators of the site, only your username is shown. Your actual name is not displayed to other members unless you decide to put it into the nickname area. Those who wish to promote themselves may wish to do this.
- If you add a detail into your profile but choose not to have it visible, your profile itself may turn up in the search results if you have included yourself in the community, although the particular detail will not be visible.
The list owner, moderators and participants are not accountable in any way for any difficulty or problem you may encounter in using advice or opinions. Use at your own risk. Content is provided for information only.
All content is owned by the writer/contributor. Nothing written here is in the public domain, as it is a members only group. Seek written permission to copy or redistribute, quote or use posts in anyway from the writer/contributor.
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