a reply to: Caver78
I think it comes down to a misunderstanding and humanizing of the dog.
A dog needs an alpha dog, a pack leader. If that dog isn't put in it's place, as cruel and inhuman (the irony) it sounds, it will challenge that pack
leader position. Dog signals are very subtle.
Like, a dog that sniffs on someones butt all of the sudden and directly, that's a huge red flag in two ways:
One, the dog has no restraints and is not properly socialized. Because in dog world, if a dog does that out of the blue and has not done "the dance"
before, the other dog will feel disrespected and lash back. It's a domination thing who is first doing this.
So a dog that has no restraint in that matter, was never put in it's place. And how you do it is you show them who's boss. That means, in early pub
life, if the dog does something absolutely disrespecting in a domination kind of way, the owner needs to react in that second and turn the dog on it's
back and get over it.
If the dog starts, among the common known signs like the tail curled in, to lick it's mouth and lowers the ears, it's a sign that the dog got the
message. This behavior is called pacifying. The fine line is to catch the moment it happens, because if the punishment comes too late, the dog does
not connect it with the false behavior.
If the dog bites you, you were too late, because it's done in puppy life, when the full bite reflex isn't there. Dog puppies have a bite reflex that
will keep it down for playing and testing. It might be the puppy "knibbles" on the arm and that will hurt a lot, but won't be bloody. So it's crucial
to do this in early stage and then keep asserting dominance.
In animal kingdom, punishment is delivered instantly. That all above does not mean a dog can not be a loved family member. But the owner needs to be
just that, the owner and there has to be dominance.
Kind of like Cesar Milan, who I only have to look at and see the dominance he can assert. Dogs are pack animals and most dogs will accept the
subordination, as long as their needs are covered. There is a Rottweiler that just doesn't like me, from the neighbors. It will growl and flash teeth
at me behind the fence. One day I went into my garage and there it was. Was up to something and I opened the door, the dog got afraid and gnarled at
I would be lying if my heart rate didn't double that moment. If I'd run, the hunting drive would kick in and Rottweilers are ass cheek biters
anyways... So instead I started to scream, look stern and got myself a shovel and banged it on the tiles in front of it. I saw it goes back so I
followed through and let it scramble around the car out of the garage.
That dog learned that day that I am the more dominant one and that I will, despite what it thought, go into offensive. It barked only one more time
behind the fence and I screamed "AUS" ("out" or "let go") and that was it. Since then, it will make a wide circle around me, with tail between the
legs, pacifying behavior.
It will try the same # with a different human though, I am pretty sure.