Dog training the dominant down
What not to do, while training your dog.
I’m going to start addressing some of the absolutely worst dog training advice you can follow.
The Dominant Down.
This is where, you physically push your dog to the ground. And hold him there.
In theory this sounds logical. But, this is a prime example of us blindly following the behavior advice of individuals who, although they probably observed a pack of wolves or pack of dogs. Didn’t really understand what they where watching. They may have noticed a more dominant member of the pack, chasing after a subordinate. And mistakenly thought the alpha, tackled or forced the other dog down.
To the untrained eye, this will sound like a plausible explanation. The reality of it is, in the dog world the subordinate will lay down before the alpha even gets to him. The boss, through attitude alone makes the other dog lay down, not by forcing him down.
If you try to force a dog by using a dominant down. that’s a real good way for you to get bit.
The Spirit Dog
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