Dominance


Dominance Myths
"..current and more in-depth behavior studies have shown that in wide AND domesticated dogs, it's NOT TRUE that the pack leader always eats first, goes through doorways first, or routinely rolls other pack members onto their backs to keep them in line...

Teach Your Dog to Ask
"There are a number of quick and easy exercises you can insert painlessly into your daily routine to remind your dog that YOU are in charge...

Say Please For Meals
"It is perfectly okay to feed your dog before you eat your own meal --- as long as you remind your dog that you control the food bowl... there should be no free-feeding. If your dog can pick from his dish whenever he wants, you allow him to believe that HE controls the very valuable food-bowl resource, and you miss a golden opportunity to reinforce deference one or more times a day...

"..hold [his dish] at your chest. Wait for him to sit.. When he sits, tell him he's a good boy and lower the bowl toward the floor. If he starts to get up, cheerfully say "Oops!" and lift the bowl to chest level again. Keep doing this until you can set the bowl on the floor without him moving. Then tell him "Okay!" and encourage him to eat...

Say Please to Go Outside
"Anytime you are going to open a door to the outside world, ask your dog to "Wait!"... Open the door a crack, and if he starts to go, say "Oops!"

Say Please for Treats
"Take advantage of every opportunity to instill "sit" as a default behavior -- the thing the dog will do when he's not sure what to do... wait for a sit -- then pop the treat in his mouth...

Say Please For Greeting
"When your dog runs up to greet you, all excited [have him sit].. If he gathers himself to jump on you, say "Oops!" and turn your back. Watch him over your shoulder, and when he sits.. say "Yes!" and turn back to greet him...

Say Please For Fun
"Precede all his favorite activities with a polite sit...

Say Please For Attention
"Rather than allowing your dog to demand your attention, make him ask..." (Miller, Pat. "Be a Benevolent Leader." Whole Dog Journal, Aug. 2003, 3-5).


Colby Glass, MLIS