A few years ago my brother adopted a pit bull mix from the SPCA. The workers at the SPCA had identified him as the alpha of the litter and were worried he would try to dominate my god sons. They told him to hold flip Lu over on his back and hold him with one hand loosely holding his neck ( not choking him ) until he calmed down and stopped trying to fight back. I thought it was awful to do that to a dog but I figured that they are professionals so we went with it. Low and behold it worked, he almost immediately started to behave and respect the adults in the house. I must say I was amazed that it worked, I have only had to use that trick once and that was with my male Shar-pei. He was 6 months old when I came home from the military and he did not respect me. He lunged at me one day while I was getting their food ready. I was trying to keep him out of the bowls and he didnít like it so he attacked me. After I did it that one time he would not challenge me again. I did some research and apparently in a pack this is how and alpha dog would assert dominance over younger pups when challenged. I have only used this in that one extreme circumstance and would recommend speaking with a professional before you try it with your dog. I am not even sure if I should have used it with my dog but it was the only thing I could do to stop him from hurting me. I only had to do it once and now he remembers not to attack me when I am feeding them and has become very nice to me, plus he listens better to my husband whom he has never attacked.
Do not walk in front of me I might not follow. Do not walk behind me I might not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.
I dug this up from one of my previous posts....too lazy to type it out again!
Well, here's the thing about all the "alpha" nonsense. That is mostly based on a study of wolves done back in the 1940's. Problem is, they used unrelated wolves (NOT a family pack) and they were kept in captivity-not their natural habitat. So since then, it has been concluded that the information from this study is basically not valid.
The Monks of New Skete popularized the alpha roll, based on this study. Job Michael Evans has since said that he wishes he had never written about it. In fact, I believe he has gone so far as to say that if you can do an alpha roll to a dog-he doesn't need it. And any dog that needs it will bite your face if you try!
she is doin great she doesnt bite us anymore due to the lemon juice and she is mostly house broken the only time she pees in the house is when she gets excited when ppl come over..... she has lost 4 teeth and she is now 37 lbs she is scared of men and of kids at 1st when she gets around them but i think thats due to it just being me and her all the time.
Your dog may suffer from seperation anxiety. It isn't good behavior to ever smack a dog, even lightly, because it will cause them to be fearful of you. Many owners mistake fearful behavior as the dog being aggressive. A dog owner should always have mental control over the dog, physical control and restraint should never have to be used. By being in control, you let the dog know you are the leader and he/she is not. Aside from that, peeing and pooping on the floor when you go to another room, acting strange when you leave or when they may think you are leaving, are signs of seperation anxiety. There are steps you can take to try to prevent this. Consult your vet for tips.
I am working on raising my first dog personally, had several growing up, but a problem I have encountered with my dog is him testing his alpha status. The problem has only really shown itself when it comes to being disciplined. An example, but before all you people that like to sit on your soap box and bad mouth at someone like "catlover" or anyone else who didn't actually listen to what "ddilla08" had to say, please understand I come what someone else quoted as "old school method." This does not mean I dont love my dog. I love this little SOB im disgusted with how many pictures I have taken. Earlier, (about how long it took to read through some other sites looking for an answer) I caught my dog sneaking off to eat from the garbage. As I know catching the dog in the act when applying a punishment helps to pinpoint the bad behavior. Before anyone tries to clever about the wording, "catlover", that means I smacked him on the head while it was beneath the rim of the garbage can. I immediately reinforce with "NO!" or "BAD!." The dog knows his mistake, and acts accordingly feeling shame. For the most part this behavior had almost completely disappeared when had once been very bad. The problem of which I am writing on this blog comes what happens next. I lead the dog to be put outside. He has a bed downstairs right next to the backdoor. He will run and jump to his bed and refuses to go outside on my command. He understands exactly what message I am communicating, but he is making a stand and trying to assert his Alpha to me. When I go to forcibly move him, he attempted to nip my hand. I gave him a stern verbal warning with heavy emphasis against biting ( another term he understands since he knows "play nice", or "no biting" means while playing). When I once again went to grab him, he bit my hand at which point I no longer am civil. Again, don't jump off your rocker, this doesn't mean I wail away on my dog. I quickly clamp his jaws shut with one hand and pin him to his back. I try to maintain this position for a few seconds to give both of us time to calm down. At this point I was able to let him go, stand up and repeat the command to go outside. This time he scampered out.
I would like to receive input from members of this site because I do believe there is good help to learned. I am deciding to give this a try because I dont want to cause undo stress for either party. For those going to ask, the dog is a non-neutered male weimaraner, about 6 and half months old. I have no intensions of neutering him as he is pure breed with papers. He is approximately 45- 50 lbs, so there is a concern for his alpha behavior not being in check before being full size. He does like to play rough while playing, and I enjoy wrestling with him. Should I be concerned about how I play with him. I would honestly say I do not believe he is mean or aggressive while playing, but he is still learning the appropriate force when he play bites.
thanks for the patience needed to read this piece, Daniel