How To Know And React To Dog Dominance Behavior
Dog dominance behavior is very common to almost every dog which is mature enough to take charge. It is therefore correct to understand how to know and react to dog dominance behavior. Many people in this day and age have heard the expressions: Dog Dominance, Leader of the Pack, Alpha Male plus others relating to matters of dominant dog behavior. Yet, few outside the professional obedience dog training world, and especially those unfamiliar with the dog whisper behavior trainer and similar behaviorist techniques, really know the meanings of these terms and how to recognize when a dog is behaving in a rude, crude, or controlling fashion.
Dog dominance is simply defined as a dog’s controlling an owner or other person or animal through behavior intended for manipulation of the owner, person or animal. Such manipulative behavior can start off in a subtle fashion that seems quite benign at first.
We will focus on a dog whose bad behavior is willful toward people and becomes a very real problem. Such problem dogs are ones who do not wish to submit to a master’s leadership. In a pack, such dogs would use many guises to try to dominate the legitimate pack leader. The leader of the pack is a calm dominant dog, while these are the trouble-makers of the pack. They can also be the trouble-makers of your pack, your family and home.
Your dog might nudge you, or thrust a ball in your lap, paw your arm, mouth your hand, or similar action to command your attention. Do not pet him then. It sure seems cute, but it is giving over control. Instead, move him away from you. Only then should you call him to you and pet him or play with him.
For anyone who thinks this is too firm, is this behavior you want when a friend comes over and is harassed by the dog? How about when the dog interrupts your serious discussion with your children or spouse? Or how about a slimed ball dropped in your lap, soiling your freshly cleaned silk dress as you prepare to go out to dinner?
If you give in to your pet instead of making him await your invitation to attention and petting, then his behavior, once appearing so cute or sweet, can become very obnoxious and demanding. If he does not learn to respect you, your space, your route, whether walkway or on the roadway, and your leadership position, then someone can get hurt. Accidents can be serious, as can bite from a petulant brat that started off with sweet mouthing or nibbles.
If you do not start touching your dog when you want to, over time he may become snappy if you touch him without his invitation. Someone could get hurt. That is also a completely backward relationship from the correct, functional, pleasant one you want with your pet.
Knowing when your dog is having the dominance behavior is very vital. This will help you and your dog to rectify and have great and good behavior on your dog’s side.
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