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Exerpt from Brad Pattison book - Unleashed

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An excerpt from Unleashed.... some people see "alpha" everywhere

Alpha Dog Test
Not sure if your dog thinks he's running the family circus?
Here are some telltale sings that your pooch has assumed the role of pack leader.
  • He's always pulling at the leash, taking the lead position on walks and trying to control his movements—an yours

  • He's always jumping up on other dogs and people or growling and barking excessively to take on a dominant and protective role.

  • She hogs the human furniture, particularly the bed and the couch, and growls territorially when she's expected to share these spaces

  • She ignores you when you use basic commands like “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Come”

  • She cooperates with your commands when it suits her, but when it doesn't, she tries to manipulate you, either by growling aggressively or by showing exaggerated submissiveness—such as shrieking as if she's in pain, twirling around in circles or dropping down and rolling over like a diva who's had her crown stolen.

Watch out for any of these signs of master manipulation. They are indications that your dog is challenging your leadership. These manipulative tactics then become learned behaviour when owners have a track record of submitting and caving in to their dog's controlling behaviours.​
When submissiveness is "alpha" you know these are the opinions of an idiot
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Those points to me say; dog who is not exercised enough and not trained at all...
I don't know why he shakes like that, but I doubt that's it. Maybe someone hit him or something after cleaning it up, so he thinks it's still going to happen.
Exactly, people mistake submission gestures for guilt all the time...
IF theres ever an accident, the best thing to do (imho) is kick the dog outside in the yard to play-act like nothing is wrong-and clean while he's outside. They didn't do it on purpose so they won't be upset that you cleaned it. But they will get the vibe from you if you clean in their presense (even if you don't mean too!!!!) just because...well who wants to clean up yuck right? So kick them outside to play while you clean up ;)
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