posted on May, 8 2011 @ 12:16 AM
Well, the actions are those of submission.... if the dog rolls on it's back, dips it's head or turns away without running off, it's showing
submission. The only way to bring a dog back from abuse like that is to work with it, be steady and gentle and loving. Keep in mind that a dog has
to have a position in your pack. If you have children, allow the dog to watch over them (If it's non agressive)... when you feed the dog, feed it
WITH your family. Make your family's plates, set them at the table, have them set down. Fill the dog's bowl, leave it on the counter. About half
way thru the meal, feed the dog and allow it to eat with you guys. That will help establish the dog's position in your pack. Normally, the dog will
look to the superior female in your pack... your wife/girlfriend. Under no circumstances can you allow the dog to see itself in a superior position
to your children. But make sure it knows it's a member of your pack. Groom it, play with it, most importantly, love it. But discipline it. That
is important. General steps:
1. Never say "Bad Dog".
2. If the dog is crate trained, never send it to it's crate as punishment.
3. Allow your pack to eat first before feeding your dog.
4. When your dog does something good, pottying outside, doing a trick, give it a treat and tell it 'good dog' every single time.
5. Whenever giving your dog a command "Sit, Stay, Down, Out, Off..." ALWAYS say the dog's name first. Be sparing using the dog's name otherwise.
Use a nickname instead. When talking to it, call it pooch, or buddy, or girl.
These things will help with establishing the dogs position in the pack. Be realistic, though. If the you aren't the alpha in your pack, realize it
and act accordingly. Establishment in the pack is the first step towards acclimitizing it to a non-abusive home. Pay attention to the dog. Be firm
in discipline, but use positive reinforcement for everything good it does. A treat or a belly rub works best.