I found this really great post on another forum. I warn you it is really long but really interesting. Copy it and sent it to your self via e-mail and read it at your own time. It took me a couple of days to get through it. It was based on the GSD but I think there is soooo much useful information that any breed could benefit. READY ? Obedience class, with you being the handler is a must! He must learn to respect you and your leadership. When he runs thru the house out of control have a leash on him. Make him sit, stay, or down stay. But he must be taught manners and what he is doing is NOT. Esp. with him snapping and trying to bite, the next thing he will do is bite. German Shepherds as pups are great dogs, They are smart sweet and very responsive to us as their owners. We can do no wrong! BUT at around 8 months sometimes earlier some times later they turn in to out of control teens. They are testing the leadership in your pack or household. If it is not there or if its lacking they will try and take over. This is very normal behavior as they want to become as high up on the pack order so to speak. So they start testing the leadership for any weakness. That is their job to constantly strive for higher ranking and it does not stop ever. Now it may slow down when you have let it be known your the boss, but they due to their nature want to be as high up the pack order as possible. When I was in school for Vet tech, I learned a very very sad fact. Did you know that of all the people that get their sweet and loving puppy that they are so excited about! These people that love their puppy to death and take them to the Vet for their puppy vaccinations and health check ups. Did you know that in a one year's time 80% to 90% of these owners that thought they knew what they were doing. Will have that pup either put in the back yard to be forgotten, or re-homed, or taken to the pound, or they will dump them, or have them put to sleep. This is all due to lack of knowledge of what your pup will grow up to be like esp. in the teen years. So what to do? What do to? Well the most important thing to me is to know how dogs think and relate to each other and to your family. How do dogs understand their world? How do they develop and mature? Once you under stand this you have most of the help you need. Dogs being dogs do not relate to each other in human terms like we think they do. But instead they relate to each other as dogs. And dogs live and breath the pack order. They know the pack is run by a Alpha who does all their planning of every day life. They plan the hunt, they decided where to go on a daily basis, and they protect the pack. They also decided all behavior that the other members of the pack behave like. If they do not like a certain dogs behavior they correct them and thru watching learn the proper behavior. So by understanding that your the boss, and not the dog. The next step is to set out a plan of how you want your dog to behave, and what not to behave like. So get some books to read. The Monks of New Skete's Books of "HOW TO RAISE A PUPPY" Is great so is HOW TO BE YOUR DOGS BEST FRIEND". I also like "THE DOG LISTENER" BY JAN FENNEL. I find these three books the foundation of any dog ownership! And require them for all my puppy buyers. Have a list of what he can do, and a list of what he can not do. And also make a list of what I will do to make sure he replaces that behavior. If your dog is doing something you do not like, replace it with what you do like or want. Such as he is jumping on people and you make his sit and stay to greet people or on a down stay. Next to help you is obedience school with your now rebellious teen. This will help you to get the control and the advice you need. It also helps you with the support system and to see your not alone. Its also very good for socialization that your dog so desperately needs. But do remember not all trainers are good or good for you and your dog. You must watch, listen and learn to what is truly needed to help train your dog. But when you see some one with a well behaved dog. Just remember it did not come as is, but with lots and lots of hard work that the owner and dog went threw to get what your seeing as the end results. Here is something else that may help you too to better under stand dogs and how they think. How dogs think and why? Why do dogs behave in the manner that they do? Well number one thing most people forget is this, they are dogs. They do not understand being human or what we love and cherish that is democracy. They understand only one concept that is dictatorship. The biggest, baddest, and smartest are the leaders. They do not vote on it but it is excepted just by the actions of the leader. What I mean is he the leader acts the boss, he believes he is the boss, and he stands, looks and behaves like he is the boss. There is no questions about it, unless he becomes weak, sick, or old. There is a very real reason for this, as in a pack, the strongest is the leader he makes the life and death decision that make up their every day life’s. Reference where they are going that day, when to hunt, who is to breed. Even what the individual wolves behavior is or should be. There is hardly any fights within a pack. If they did this, every time some punk youngster thought he was tough enough then there would be no future leaders. So just by being, acting and believing and by using body language he is the boss, the challenger backs down. A alpha dog will walk thru the others in a pack, they move out of his or her way. They know just by his bearings that he is the leader, he believes it to be so, so do they. This is because in the wild they all have to work together to bring down their prey which is a lot bigger than they are. (moose, deer, elk, etc, etc) Now if every time a young upcoming male thought he should decide when to chase the prey the whole pack could starve by his mistakes. That is why leadership is so important. And by his body language and his strong believe in him self, by his attitude he has a firm hold on his leadership. In a true pack wolves or dogs will do a lot of body talking. The number one communication by body only, they do not over use the verbal skills we so highly think of. In fact most of their communication is by how they act towards each other. Body stance, eye contact, walking threw the pack. They have several times in the day where they reestablish their ranking with in the pack. And they are: Upon regretting of the pack when the Alpha’s return to the pack. The lesser or subordinates dogs or wolves will greet the Alpha’s. The leaders do not make a fuss over the lesser dogs, but ignore them. It is the lesser dogs of the pack that greet the leaders with the face kissing. The Alphas are too important to be loving up the other members of the pack. The next moment of ranking is when the pack eats after a kill. Only the Alphas get to eat first, it is not until they get their fill do the other members of the pack get to eat. And the next instant is when strangers come upon the pack. The leader chooses what the behavior should be, if they want to except the stranger they are calm, reserve and greet the visitor and that is it. No big fuss is made over them, and the pack gets their clue from them and it is excepted as is. There is no shouting or yelling and obnoxious behavior. This hold true in you home also, your are now the pups pack, his security, his life line. You tell him what the proper behavior is, not the pup. And they learn this very early from their dam, or mother. When it is time to wean the pups and they try and nurse. She will growl ( which is saying NO), she pins them down to the ground by grabbing their muzzle (correction). They then in turn will go to her face and lick the muzzle (submission). The dam then regurgitate her food to feed the pups. (reward) Thus they learn the proper way to behave around their elders, and other pack members. I have a large group of dogs (nine). That includes three males (intact), one male neutered. And four females (intact) that all live in my home. They do not live in kennels, but in my home, out on my ten acres or in their crates. By watching their interactions with each other I see the every day communication they have with each other. The Alphas I have two a male and a very on top of things Female. She is the actual Alpha that runs the everyday running of the pack. If they go where they are not to go, farther out on my property, She barks and has a fit and corrects them if need be. If they bark when they should not do so, they are corrected. She is very loving but firm in her domination over the pack. She is so sure of her self in her role of leader that there is no challenges on any of the other dogs. When she wants something that they have she comes along and takes it. She does not flinch or hesitate in her actions towards the other less dominant dogs. She walks threw the dogs, not around them. They MOVE out of her way because that is how it is. But she is very loving to the younger members of the pack. But there is no doubt in their minds who the boss is or who they respect. The Alphas are so sure of them selves in their position you would actual think they are not because they are not pushy about it. So I too like to use this NATURAL methods of the mom to teach my or a clients dogs. YOU do not get mad, loose your temper, kick or hit a dog to correct them or to teach them a lesson. They do not understand, or deserve this method of training. One of several things I will do to let my dogs know that I am the boss is” You will use your voice, a calm and steady but (deep and growly from your chest for a correction and high pitch for praise) body, (by standing tall, assure of your self, confidant) actions, (physical correction or treat,) and attitude (knowing your the boss, and having a plan for when he does something wrong) to steer your pup in the right directions in how he should behave. So when he behaves in an ill manner, aggression, chewing, jumping, and many of the other things young dogs will do. You want to use your voice a deep, loud, growl voice to tell you dog NO! And your look him right in his eyes to let him know you mean business, and that you are the boss. You then tell him what you want him to do, sit, down, be nice, etc. And when he does behave and do what you asked of him you tell him what a good sit, good down, etc etc. I find it very important to say the good boys, good sits, the good downs, These are more important than the no’s. You also give him lots of praise, his favorite toy, and food when he does what you have told him to do.( always make the reward and treat a bigger thing than the correction, talk to him allot. When I say a lot I mean a lot. If your neighbor can not hear you, and think you have gone nuts then your not talking enough to your dog. I like to call my dogs name the whole time I am working them in the beginning, I use my voice to get their attention on to me where it belongs. I am the Alpha I am telling him what I want him to do. When you tell him something, you tell him DO NOT ASK OF HIM, but TELL him what you want, they do not respect being asked. Now when he does behave in a bad manner and you know he is going to do it. You want to stop him from doing this behavior before he does it. Example is: he is dog aggressive you see a dog coming. You do not become fearful, or stressed, but ready for his correction. So while he is thinking about it, is when you want to stop him. Not when he is all ready going full bore in aggression. Stop it before he or it gets out of hand. And a good strong snap of the leash will not hurt him. I would tell him to LEAVE IT! And then give him a command he can do to replace the bad behavior, heel, sit, down, or be nice is good also. But I prefer the WATCH command to get your dog to look at you instead of looking at the dog, or person. Have treats available for your dog to get his attention on to you where it belongs. So he sees an aggressive dog, you tell him to LEAVE IT, a good snap of the leash, change your direction of your walk or go in reverse, and you then say WATCH , WATCH ! And have his treat right there for him to see. If you have to put the treat into his face, bring it back to your face getting his attention on to you. You have dictated what his behavior should be not him, and what you do want him to do instead. Remember that your his boss, not him, so do not feel sorry for him having to do what your making him to. Its for his safety not happiness. Remember the time period most dominant, intelligent or working type pups ages from 8 months to 2 years is when most Dogs are put in pounds, shelters, new homes or destroyed because the owners did not research what or how owning a dog or GSD and what it took to handle these dogs, German Shepherd Dogs they are a very intelligent breed and are not Goldens or Labs but GSDS, which can be a very dominant and troublesome breed if not handled right. Training is a must for this breed, thru training you learn how to control your dog who then learns that by doing what you tell him, that your the boss. In obedience I like to do the attention, direction, correction, direction, then praise. What I mean is you get your dogs attention, call his name, slap your leg, move in a opposite direction, get excited. No one wants to work in a boring atmosphere so neither does your dog. So make working your dog fun and upbeat. Then I do the direction phase of his training, I will tell him what I want him to do. I show him first, praise, treat, and repeat. It is only after he knows the exercise will I ever correct a dog. If the dog acts up, refuses to do a command or is not paying attention to me. I will snap the leash saying watch, or repeat the command. This is not a punishment ONLY A ATTENTION GETTING DEVICE TO GET HIM TO LOOK AT ME. So I can give his direction again, by showing him what I want or to repeat the command. And of course the praise, treat, and favorite toy of his. Give him some good pets, hugs, loves and just show him how great he is or what he did was great. Also I want to talk about dogs that I believe that cause bad behavior due to being lonely or bored. A bored dog is one that will cause lots of havoc or problems in your home. If your dog is chewing your furniture then you should not have left him alone in order to chew your furniture. It is like having a two year old you would never leave a toddler alone unsupervised so to you will or should not leave your pup along to roam thru the house. I highly recommend a crate to put him in for when you can not watch him, A crate is not a jail cell but a place of security for him to feel safe in. I also will do a tether to me, so he is always with me, in the house so he can feel safe, not get into trouble and if he does you can stop it right away. I also have them with me all the time , no matter where I go, for the first year of their life. If I am home they are with me, if I am going to the store by car they are with me. I am at the beach they are with me, by this close time spent with each other we learn about each other and we bond. This is most important for you to have you dog bond with you in order to be able to train him with his temperament in mind, and get and keep control. Establishing leadership of the pack. While we all agree dogs are highly intelligent there is one fact alone they can not master our language and communicate to us in our way of talking. But we can if we listen closely understand what dogs are saying, by watching their body language. But we have to have an open mind and understanding how dogs think and act. Even thou we as humans can talk in a range of languages our beloved pets can never master this. But the good news is that dogs all talk in a universal tongue. It is a silent and powerful language that all dogs understand. It is up to us to interpret the meaning. Once the owner understands how dog think and communicate then it is all down hill from there. The foundation of all dog understanding is, That they do not understand or comprehend democracy that we hold so dear to our hearts. But instead they understand and want a dictatorship where the smartest, strongest, bravest and over all best is the leader of the pack. And being in the pack goes back centuries to the wolf pack where they once came from. Even thou we no longer have that little wolf in our home thru 100’s years of breeding we have developed a type of dog that us, as humans wants. But they are still of the pack and understand the pack rule. The best, strongest, bravest, and smartest is the ruler and they dictate all behavior, every facet of their lives is controlled by the Alphas. Where to eat, what to eat, when to hunt, where to hunt, who is to breed, where to go, and who is to protect. The leaders control all of this, and the lesser dogs understand this and want this leadership. Most behavioral problems is due to one fact. Out side of bad breeding and temperament. The dog has gain control over the pack and does not know how or is totally over whelmed to this responsibility. So it is our job to listen to our dogs, and talk to them in their language so they know what we want, and visa versa. Being the Alpha I like to call this just being, all dog communication is done threw body language and the Alphas believe they are so Alpha that there is no doubt. They just are, they believe, they act, they stand, they are the leader. Their confidences tell all in the pack who the leader is and there is no arguments. They walk tall, they walk thru all other dogs, The lesser dogs part like the Red Sea when they come into a room. But very important to note that they are not pushy or flamboyant about this role. It is very quite, if you did not know any different they would look like they were not there. They just are! But being the Alpha is not that tough to be, it is just a state of being like I have said. And there are several tools I will give you to help you to be and stay the Alpha. 1. It is being the leader like I stated above, this means attitude that you have over the dog. It does not mean, hitting, kicking, yelling or pushing the dog. It is a subtle demeanor that tells the dog that you are in charge. And you use your control methods to reinforce his behavior. Such as sit, downs, heel, stay, and other obedience methods. . 2. Being the protector of the dog in strange situations. The Alphas are the ones responsible for the safety of the pack. So as the leader you must be on the look out for situations that would be considered a threat. So before your dog can react to this threat, as the protector YOU MUST dictate to the dog that his help is not needed that your in charge not him. Stopping a dog from reacting is a lot easier to do before they act out physically and are only thinking about it. So when you have company come over, you let the dog know that his barking to let you know that a intruder has arrived. As the sentry I will thank the dog, but his continue barking is not necessary and you will now take charge and you are in control. Have the friend come into your home calm relax and confidant and to ignore the dog. Acknowledge his alertness but do not allow it to go farther. If your dog is more aggressive you may need to put him up for a bit, so you can introduce the dog after things calm down. Having the company ignoring (see the five minute rule) your dog, is telling your dog that they are over him, and with you being the calm, not yelling leader will telepath to him that your in charge not him. When out on walks and a person is coming up to you, and the dog is about to go into alert you will take the lead and correct any undesirable behavioral that is happening. You will do this by directing his attention on to you, telling him what you don’t want and what you do want. Example is, Dog see’s threat, he is starting or thinking about reacting. You will call dogs name out loudly but calmly, Duke, then if he is not behaving you will say, NO! Then say Heel, or sit, or watch. Redirect his attention to something you want him to do. Most important tell him he did good when he does look up at you, when he does heel, or sit. Such as Good sit! Good heel! Good friend! Good watch! Make your voice happy and upbeat and very pleasant to him for the reward. I like to also use tons of treats with my dogs, and I use a lot of them. So when your going to be out with your dog have your treats with you to help reinforce the good behavior. The treats should always be small, juicy, and moist that way he can swallow it quickly and go on to the next lesson. I personally like chicken, hotdogs or string cheese for his treat. 3. The re-greeting ritual When dogs in a pack come back together after a hunt or exploring they have this very unique re-greeting ritual. It is reestablishing who is in charge and that they are safe and all is well. But the Alphas do not do the greeting it is the underlings that do all the greeting and the Alphas ignore the lesser dogs of the pack. This is telling them that they are still in charge and to let business be as usual. The problem with us humans when we leave to take out the garbage or go to work. Is that the dog does not know if or when we will come back. So this ritual is very important to them. But we miss-understand the rules or language they are asking us. We think of it as (oh my gosh your back I missed you so much) instead of what it really is. The re-greeting of the pack coming back together. And instead of being the boss or Alpha we put our self’s into the lesser dog by doing most of the greeting. We are saying to the dog, we missed you, and we accept you as the leader since we are paying attention to you. So the dog is getting mixed signals to what is excepted from us. What we should be doing is ignoring the dog to reestablish that we are the boss or Alpha dog in the pack. Which in turns allows the dog to relax and be a member of the pack not the leader which he is most happy to do so. So the rule to follow is, when you come home, you ignore your dog as he is acting up to get your attention. You do not make eye contact, you do not say hello or even to touch him. You are to not see your dog at all. When he has totally calmed down and goes to lay down wait five minutes and then call him to you to greet him on your terms. Same goes for when your in your chair of busy, and your dogs comes to get attention from you. He is saying to you! Hey I am the boss here acknowledge me as the boss. It is when we accept this, that we are saying in return I accept you as the Alpha. What you do is to totally ignore him, you become limp in your attitude and demeanor. You make no eye contact, or hand touching at all. You will decide when you will reestablish contact with him. It is up to you to be the Alpha and not him, when he has gone and lain down wait five minutes and then call him to you and start the play time with him. But do not allow him to tell you when to play or what to do. Meal times The Alphas are reasonable for the meals and food requirements of the pack. They are the ones that plan the hunt, organize the hunt and what they hunt. And since they have to be the healthiest of the pack they eat first. Dogs understand this language of the pack. I have know this a long time but I do have a problem with feeding my dogs after we eat dinner as we eat so late. So what to do instead is prepare the meal for the dog as usual. Then right before you feed him, take out a cracker and put it in his bowl let him see you take it out and eat it over his bowl make a big deal over this. This is communicating to your dog to that you’re the Alpha and deserve and earn his respect as his leader. He will understand this subtle language and will follow you willingly. So no matter how often you feed your dog, you must eat before him to telegraph to him that you’re the boss and not him. Not to mention your dog has a better chance of not getting bloat if he eats at least twice a day instead of once a day or all day free feeding. He must learn that the food comes from you, that you’re the supplier of his meals. Bye doing all of these things plus training your dog obedience commands, you are communicating to your dog that you’re the Alpha and that will make a most happy companion and canine friend. So your puppy is now a teenager! Oh Boy that dreaded time has now come, so your saying to your self what do I do, what do I expect from my dog? This is the time when most people are challenged by Owning a German Shepherd dog. Your once adorable puppy is now a total tyrannical brat. When he used to listen and follow you around the house, and was happy to do his obedience commands, He is now deaf and acting like sit? What is a sit? He is thinking for himself. This is when he is becoming an adult and trying to act like one. This is when most people give up their precious pups, to a shelter, re-homed or the scared owners will have them put down. This is the time when your pup who used to love your friends and neighbors and is now acting like the whole world is an enemy and aggression is now showing. Some dogs start as early as eight months and others a little later like around a year and a half and this generally continues until right round their second birthday. So why the big change, what happened to your precious pup. The German Shepherd is one of many breeds that have a tendency to be aggressive, dominant and trying to take over leadership if there is none in the home or pack. The main problem with this breed is that they are so smart that for some owners this breed may be too intelligent for the owner to handle. And the German Shepherd being a big dog, and all these combinations make them a like a hand gun ready to go off in the wrong hands. So what to do and how to get and keep control in order to have a safe and sane dog. Well in my opinion the main reason they change their behavior at this time is hormones for maturity, and natural instincts develop in order to challenge the higher ups for a higher ranking in the pack. They are simply growing up, I like to think of it as a teenager child who is testing his ego and the world around him. They have reached that level of mentality to achieve his or her own individually. With out growth there can be no raise in rank or development in a normal way. They are testing the waters so to speak. In a normal pack they will challenge the leaders to see if they can get away with it thus going up the ladder in the pack. Older dogs will falter in their position in the pack and the more healthy or dominant dogs in the pack will move up. This is what makes packs not die do to lack of young blood and strength. So when a young dog thinks he is up to the challenge he will do subtle body and eye movements to test the elders in the pack. The leader will either except the behavior or do a direct counter challenge to the upstart. The elder will stand taller, look at the young dog and not back down. He may growl or snap at the younger dog. If this is just a test for the young dog, he will back down in a lower body position, and avoid eye contact to let the older dog know he really did not mean it. And life goes on, if the youngster does not back down then there will be a scuffle to set matters right. Generally the younger dog will back down in this fight, while the Alpha will pay attention to the younger dog who is maturing . The young dog if he is smart will be on the look out for the older dog watching to see if what he is doing at the moment is ok and approved. In most cases there is no need for a fight further on. Once the challenged has been met the younger dog will think ok that was not a good idea. So nix on that idea. And this may work for years to come. The point I am trying to make here is this: The younger dog thought he could, the older dog said heck no or I’ll kick your butt to prove it. In the dog pack there are certain rules that are not to be broken, and they make sure they are not either. The leaders have some very strict rules that must be obeyed. While watching my own pack of eight dogs interface with each other I am amazed how much body language is actually done between them. For example if one of my Alpha dogs returns to the pack in the house they will walk through the group. Acting like nothing has happened. While the lesser dogs will get all excited and greet the returning boss. They do all the face licking, talking and body language that communicates to the elder dog that they are happy to see them and except them as the leader. While all this is going on the elder will ignore the other dogs. Turning away from their attention. This communicates to the rest of the pack that all is well and everything should go back to normal. The very fact that they are so confident is soothing to the rest of the pack. On the security of the pack. For a long time I kept wondering why Athena my Alpha supreme bitch of the pack was behaving in such a manner, when she thought there was a threat. She will be out on the front lawn, and when she heard something she would swing around and charge the younger dogs. They in turn would run to the front deck from protection from her. Then she would go back out to the yard barking and raising heck. It took me awhile to figure out what she was doing, but she was telling the other dogs in the pack that it was her job to protect, and they were to stay on the deck for safety reasons. The only other dog allowed to go on to the lawn was the other Alpha male of the pack. This dog she would run up to and stop her charge of attack. His stance would be firm, tall, and no nonsense to her. They in turn would face the challenger or threat together. So she was telling the other dogs in the pack that it was not their job to protect but to stay safe. It was her job to protect and if they tried to check the situation she would attack the younger dogs to go back to the deck. So should you take this approach with your dogs. It is your job to protect, be the look out, and generally tell your dog that he is not needed in this aspect of your life. Sure he can be a sentry if you want, ( like you could stop a GSD from ever barking when he sensed danger or when strangers approach your home). But once that alert is given then its your job to take over the position of protector of the pack. This way your on top of the ranking and this tells your young dog all is well and your in charge and not them. If you have the presence of mind and stature that you’re the boss then the pup will believe it is so also. They will back down and let you protect them. Be in charge, put the dog in a sit or down position to communicate to them what you want from them. This action is excellent for controlling the situation. I really like to use my obedience commands to control or replace the behavior I do not want from my dogs. It replaces what they want to do, with what you want. The more they try to challenge me the more I will make them work for what I want. Example a dog is acting a little upstart lately I will then make that dog do more sits, downs and stays to prove a point of who is in charge. The more I make them do something the more they can do something. I will act taller, bigger and just have the frame of mind that I am in charge and not them. I will have in my mind what I want from them. Example if I have a rather pain in the butt teen, that is running thru the house terrorizing the other dogs. I will stop that behavior and make them sit, telling them NO or UGG, and behave or be nice. I will then place my hand on top of their head to transfer this calmness on to them. Then we will wait out the moment of naughtiness until the calmness comes into play. I then will release the dog and watch for any prior bad behavior to resurface. I will repeat this message to the dog, until I get the proper behavior I want. I will if I have to get gruffer with my voice or jerk them by their collar to get their attention but that is about it. Sometimes I will do a time out in a crate to get the point across of what I want. I believe I am in charge so too does the dog. If I have to I will grab them by the muzzle and look the dog right into his eyes. This communicates to them that I am the boss and not them and I mean what I say. Clear and precise leadership keeps challenges down and from happening. If you have a plan of action to a bad behavior you have a better chance of success. I will watch my dog and look for problems to happen. It is much easier to stop a behavior before it goes into action while they are thinking about it. Example your walking down the sidewalk or road, you see a stranger approach, you know your dog is going to react so take charge of his behavior before he does. Tell your dog NO or Ugg and reverse your direction and tell them to heel or put your dog in a sit. By repeating this process your taking control over your dog. It is so much easier to stop a dog in the mental phase of thought than when they are acting out in a full physical charge or action. I like to call this phase of training of being the drill instructor and instilling into my dog the actions I want. And because I assert a firm leadership they have no other choice but to follow because that is what pack animals do. They follow the leader, for that is their safety zone. It is like in a house hold where there is a lot of fights or a upcoming divorce is happening. The kids will act out in fear, lack of leadership and stress. So if your calm, strong and believe in yourself. This mental action transfers to the dog of your strong leadership and they will follow. Obedience classes are great to help instill mental challenges to the dog, to help keep them from being bored. Also it helps give you the tools to teach your dog how to behave with alternate behavior than what they are doing. If they have all ready been to a class while they were younger that is great, it may be time to go back and put some finesse on your dog. But remember those that work through this time with a set plan will hit that two year mark and think MY Gosh I have a wonderful dog. And you can be proud because the TWO of you worked through this problem and became a team! Good journey together!
Yes scout That is where I got it from. The other forum is very helpful in regards to the breed but this one is better as most questions get answered a lot quicker. On that one it takes a few days before someone will answer. But thanks for referring me there. Read this when you have time it is very interesting.
this should be made into a sticky thread. this is the best explanation i have seen yet re: dog and human relationships. my princess was definitely the alpha female as described in this post. even though she was the last dog to enter our home before scout everyone just knew to respect her. she showed what a true alpha meaning was and never had to use aggressiveness to get her point across. it is truly amazing when you live with an animal like that. it totally throws your conception of how to be an alpha out the door. another point that has been crossing my mind alot lately is the section on protectiveness. we all know i have asked a ton of questions about why scout, being a natural guardian breed dog, shows no sign of protection towards me at all, but has shown minimal when it comes to my son. i have started wondering if i have proved to her solidly that i am the alpha that she feels her duty to protect is not necessary. that since i am alpha i can handle myself. now reading this womans story, i think that may be a correct assumption. the behavior of canines is always so totally fascinating to me. behavior of any animal is of total interest to me. i truly wish i could go to school just for behavior. did this woman write this all herself , does she have a book out that delves more deeply into this subject ? i really hope that everyone on here reads thru it all. it would add so much to our lives with our canine companions.
What a great article! I am going to put some of the advice into practice today (i.e. eating the cracker out of their food bowls). I am freaking out a bit about the "teen years", it sounds like the terrible twos to me. Better get them into shape now :-) Thanks for posting that!
Scout & mfiles: I am glad that you found this as interesting as I did. It does really explain alot. I think she wrote this herself. I have seen her post other things that were really interesting. I guess Scout you were right on the money as to why you felt Scout never protected you. He knows your there to protect him. Yes we should keep bumping this post up for others to read as quite a few people have issues with aggression and Alpha situations in their households. Only problem is that it is so long and may turn off a few people but if they print it out and read it at bedtime or when they have time they will find out how interesting it really was. I am glad that I could share lol
Aisha, I haven't finished the whole thing yet, but more than half. This is great. It makes a lot of sense too. Y'all be ready because when I'm done I will have questions. They're already running through my brain, but I'm holding off until I finish in case they are answered later in the book, oh I mean post. LOL This is really good info. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
i'm sure the article was great, and when i read it i'll give you my opinion. it was just too long to read tonight, so i printed it out, and will read it on my way to school in the morning...it'll keep me awake on the bus!