A Dominant Dog is the Leader of the Pack

 

A Dominant Dog is the Leader of the Pack

If you were to observe the interaction within a litter of seven-week old puppies, you would quickly be able to spot which one is dominant. It is the one that always wins the games, keeps the toys, and eats the most. It also gets to pick where it is going to sleep. The dominant puppy is usually very territorial, as you might expect from a leader.

A puppy’s dominant behavior does not change when it is separated from the litter and adopted into a new home. The dominant animal will naturally try and take control over its new surroundings and its new owner. Let’s say you’re the new owner. The relationship you develop between a dominant pet and you will determine whether your dog learns to be obedient or learns to be aggressive.

A common mistake dog owner’s make is attributing human qualities to their pooch. Some might even argue that the canine member of their family is human. But the sad truth is that dogs are not people and therefore, do not think, feel, or relate like us. A dog cannot be raised as you would raise a child. Doing so will only lead to obedience problems between you and your pet. A dominant dog does not perceive situations as do humans. 

Say you allow your dog to sleep on your bed at night. This seems like a harmless thing to do since you are providing a nurturing and cozy environment for your pet. But what you are really doing is teaching your dog that it is not important to respect boundaries. This may further complicate the behavior of a dominant dog that is already showing the early signs of aggression.