The Dog Dominance Myth


Is dominance in dogs just a number of easy positions and postures… or is it something that runs deeper, something that isn’t visible to the human eye? For a few years now we’ve got heard of coaching techniques that involve the owner to act like a dominant dog. This involves the person doing things like eating first, walking along with your dog beside you or behind you, as a substitute of pulling in front of you, not letting him sleep on high positions in the home just like the bed or the sofa and so forth.

Although these techniques can assist to create a superb relationship along with your dog, especially when utilized by novice owners, they do not all the time work. From my experiences with not only training dogs but with observing my very own dogs I actually have seen inconsistencies on this theory. I actually have found that in lots of instances that every one these so called dominant positions don’t mean a thing and more importantly they do not work on a regular basis.

For instance my 4 12 months old Belgian Malinois is sort of a dominant female and for the past 3.5 years she has only been submissive to at least one older pig hunting female on my yard. Every other female I bring onto my yard, regardless of what dominant positions they take. Nor how big they’re, she is going to wish to dominate them and if I allowed it she would fly into them and attack them with out hesitation. The identical goes if I keep these females on my yard for a few years, there’ll all the time be a struggle for dominance between her and the opposite female. That is no matter what dominant behaviour the introduced female will try.

About 6 months ago something interesting happened on my yard. This Malinois submitted to a 18month old Bulldog female I actually have raised on my yard. This Malinois has dominated the Bulldog female for her entire life. Now this Bulldog female does the identical dominant pose as all the opposite females have tried. But… for some reason it worked for her and the Malinois female submitted…

One other instance that I can consider is when a friend of mine got here done from Sydney to go to. I had my dog training class and at the tip I needed one in all my latest clients to fill out some forms. This client, a husband and wife, had a 12month old German Shepherd female that they’d absolutely no control over. When filling out the forms the husband, a big guy, handed control of the dog over to his wife who’s a much smaller person. I asked my friend who has owned dogs for a few years to help her if she had trouble with the dog.

It was only about one minute before this dog began jumping on the woman. My friend accurately instructed the woman to examine the dog with the lead. She did it accurately however the dog continued to leap on her. Seeing this, my friend took control of the leash and checked the dog. To his amazement and hers, this crazy uncontrolled female dropped to the ground and looked up at my friend attentively. She had submitted with the very same method that didn’t work for the woman…

While doing house calls for individuals with problem dogs. All too often the people have commented how calm and well behaved their dog is around me. I hear things like, “I can not imagine it, he is generally jumping up on whoever is available in the door.” Or he is not doing it now for some reason.” How can this be if all I actually have done is walked into their house or yard?

I imagine there’s something that dogs can see or feel that makes them submit to a different animal or obey a human. And all these so called dominant positions are secondary to this “VIBE” someone or some dog gives off. Why else would my Malinois female undergo a younger female that she has been doing dominant positions to all her life and never submitted to other females that might do the exact same? Why did the feminine shepherd undergo my friend and never to its owner when he used the exact same technique because the owner did? Why do peoples uncontrolled dogs act otherwise once I enter the home?

Relating this “VIBE” back to dog training, I feel the “VIBE” will also be called “respect.” A dog isn’t going to hearken to you if it doesn’t have respect for you. Now to make it clear. I imagine that not letting your dog sleep in your bed will create a level of respect. And feeding your dog the right way will go towards your dog respecting you. Making your dog walk beside you and never in front may also add to the respect your dog has for you. So all these items will go into the respect checking account and effect the connection you will have along with your dog. But what I also have the desire to make clear is that in case your dog has the utmost respect for you, or you will have the “VIBE,” you possibly can let your dog drag you on the leash, or feed it in anyway you want, or let it sleep on the bed and it’ll still be obedient to you. Because like I said initially, all these dominant positions/ techniques are only secondary to the “VIBE” you give off.


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