posted on Feb, 20 2012 @ 11:13 AM
reply to post by g146541
Agreed, some folks should not own dogs
Strangely enough I though maybe I was one of those people not long ago. My puppy - a female who'd been cast off by it's mother before being weaned -
she bit me!
I was FLABBERGASTED! I've had dogs all my life, rescued them from under dumpsters and off the street. I lost my heart to a puppy last year and it
still breaks my heart she died (she had distemper when I found her on the road, long story, never mind)...
My point being? I never knew I had to remain ALPHA at all times no matter the breed of dog, age, etc!
Ok, wait. I knew - and know - I have to remain the ALPHA - sure, but I didn't understand my definition of Alpha and my puppy's was entirely
I thought my dog could be my best friend and that is absolutely true - but - that does NOT include letting the dog eat at the same time as I do,
sleeping on the bed with her head next to mine, going through doors before me, etc.
Here's a GREAT link to a FABULOUS list of what to do and not do to remain ALPHA dog at all times.
One of the points STRESSED is to NEVER allow children to 'rough house' on the floor with dogs - never to leave young children alone with dogs,
especially at their same level. The dog will always consider itself to be Alpha at that point and anything smaller is at risk. Am I saying all dogs
will react in a negative way? Absolutely not! But - no risk should ever be taken - by anyone or with any dog - unlike the parents who sadly lost
their infant because they left it alone with their family pet!
Establishing and Keeping Alpha Position
Dogs should Never be left unsupervised with children or Anyone who cannot maintain leadership over the dog.
There are 26 points in the article and as much as I would love to post it all here I can't due to ATS T&C.
If you're a dog owner PLEASE visit the link - I think you might be as surprised as I was over the mistakes we may be making with our dogs without even
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