all that "don't let the dog sleep with you" stuff is nonsence IMO..
99.9 % of household dogs are not
trying to dominate their owners.
I'd take the great majority of everything you read about dominance and throw it out the window.
Theres one bone...two dogs...the dominant animal gets the bone...thats all
dominance means. Too many people are using to the term to explain everything
a dog does.
*cough cough* Ceasar.... "if a dog is pushy or loud its being dominant"
.....no...the dog is doing what works for him in that situation, based on prior experiences.
ANyway, if you want to look at it in terms of dominance...since we, as humans control ALL the access to resources we are always and automatically the dominant creature inthe relationship
dogs do what works
...if being pushy works...theyll do it...if being patient works...they'll do that...its nothing to do with who is alpha.
from the link..
You are now its equal, not its leader. This could lead to aggression towards you when you try to correct your dog. You have to make sure that your dog knows who is in charge all of the time
This is completely silly...first...dogs don't form rigid hierarchies (linear pack structure) and even if they did I've never heard of the alpha wolf sleeping away
from the pack. Also run far away from anything advising you to correct your dog on the internet.
If you don't want the dog on the bed, don't let him up...but don't do it because you think it will make him think hes "alpha" http://dogpublic.com/articles/articl...id=14&pid=1640 http://www.clickertraining.com/node/2297 http://dog-training.suite101.com/art...theory_in_dogs
basically the theory has been disproved but novice trainers keep regurgitating it over and over, so it perpetuates.
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individual relationships between dogs are learned through experience rather than motivated by a desire to assert "dominance."