Domint Dog Training
Dominant dogs are usually very loving in
addition to being controlling and pushy.
Canine aggression and dominance almost always escalate.
Please, for your own safety and the safety of others, call us now at (916)
927-7725 and we would be glad to discuss your situation and provide you a
telephone consultation at no cost.
If your dog has dominance issues, you definitely need
professional help. Don't be fooled by amateur and hobbyist dog trainers into
believing group obedience classes will help. They almost always make it worse.
Giving an aggressive or dominant dog food to train it is extremely dangerous.
| Daddy, why does Goldie need to be destroyed?
The Food-Bribery dog trainers at the park said Goldie
can't be trained and should be destroyed.
We tried the obedience classes and it only made Goldie
Dogs are social animals whose
evolution makes them willing and able to live in groups. Group living enabled
wolves to work together to obtain food, raise their young and defend their
territory. It would be counterproductive for members of a group to fight with
each other and risk injury. That would prevent them from working with the
group. Therefore, dogs have a social structure in which each dog is either
dominant (leader) or subordinate in its relationship with each other pack
member. This is a "dominance hierarchy". The leader or "alpha" dog is the one
that has first access to all the "critical" resources. These resources include
food, resting places, mates, territory and favored possessions. Assertion of
dominance by the alpha is generally communicated through facial expressions,
body postures and actions. Fighting is rare, since as soon as the subordinate
submits or defers to the alpha animal and the alpha gets its way, he or she
gives up the challenge.
| You May Have A Dominance Issue With Your Dog If he:
Humans need to assume the highest positions in the
dominance hierarchy at your house. Most dogs remain neutral or
submissive towards people, however some dogs insist on being dominant over
people because of genetic tendencies or inadequate socialization. Dominant dogs
will stare, bark growl, nip or bite people. Such confrontations can occur:
If you give
the dog a command
If you pet the dog and he or she didn't initiate it
If you stop petting the dog
If you groom the dog
If you hug the dog
If you get out of bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom
and it disturbs the dog
If you bother or annoy the dog in any way
Usually, dominant dogs are very loving and affectionate
toward people--until you do something they don't like.
If you think that you dog is dominant or showing
dominance-aggression the last thing you want to do is enroll in a group
dog training class or contact a behaviorist who advocates using food for
training or behavior modification. Usually these people are the first to tell
you that you need to destroy your dog and that it can't be trained. They will
take your money and tell you that there is hope and then when the Food-Bribery
does not work they will tell you to kill you dog.
If you get in a fight with a dominant dog, you had better be
able to win. If you don't win the dog learns that aggression works. Unless you
know what you are doing confronting a dominant dog can be very dangerous.
What To Do If
You Recognize Signs of Dominance In Your Dog
- Don't listen to "Positive Reinforcement" trainers who
tell you have to put your dog down.
- Don't listen to amateur and hobbyist dog trainers
teaching dogs in parks. . .Bribing dogs with food makes many dogs even more
dominant and aggressive.
- Find a professional in-home dog trainer.
- Avoid situations that start the aggressive behavior.
- Supervise, confine and/or restrict your dogs
activities as necessary, especially when children or other pets are present.
- Don't listen to anyone who trains dogs with food or who
advocate group classes for the treatment of canine dominace. Don't listen to
these people anyway because their method usually won't work on even the most
submissive compliant dogs.
- In our opinion, usually the biggest 'dog killers' are at
university veterinary teaching hospitals or claim to be "Animal Protector
Societies, Leagues or Associations." These people are more concerned about
losing their insurance coverage and potential liability than saving your
- Most veterinarians, behaviorists and dog trainers will
tell you to kill your dog if it becomes dominant. Most will smile and take your
money first before they tell you to kill your dog.
- We have never had to tell anyone to kill their dog
because the dog was dominant.
- WE WILL GIVE YOU ALL YOUR MONEY BACK if your dog's
dominance-aggression can't be controlled using our program. You may be required
to videotape the training to prove that you did what we told you and you will
need to surrender the dog to us before we will give you your money back.
A Note About Children and Dogs
If you let your kids poke at the dog, tease it and
pull its tail, we can't help you. We will teach you how to manage both your
children and dog(s) so having problems will be less likely.
| Why Behavior Helplines Can't Help
While it's sometimes possible to successfully resolve
aggressive behavior problems related to dominance, this is not a process that
can be done by behavior helplines. Very detailed questioning in order to obtain
a complete behavioral history, plus direct observation of your pet in his own
environment, is necessary before recommendations to resolve the problem can be
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