Have you been told you have an alpha dog or puppy ? Need some answers as to what your suppose to do now ?
Before you start worrying to much about this, you should tell me exactly what behaviors your puppy or dog are exhibiting. Especially if you have a puppy under the age of twelve months. Over the course of the last eight years, I have had the opportunity to study five separate litters of puppies. The findings to a considerable extent, where quite interesting.
What the following will tell you is the dominant puppy in the early stages of life. Inevitably their pack status is relegated from alpha to lower pack position by a year in a half, to two years of age.
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What the research showed in all five separate groups, the dominant behaviors of a single puppy towards their litter mates, start at approximately five weeks old. And continues until the pup’s reach the age of seven to nine months. Through out the beginning of the pups dominance stage, from five weeks through roughly the next thirty weeks. There is little resistance to their dominance. At closer observation the dominance is only directed at one to three of their siblings,( the more nervous pups) in non-food related incidences. When some people evaluate young puppies, they mistakenly identify this type of puppy as the alpha of the group. Normally the eventual alpha of the pack, is one of the more reserved pups that the other puppies tend to not bother.
The result of this pups over eagerness to show dominance over a few of his litter mates, will have two consequences on the packs stability.
( 1 ) The likelihood of the pup that initially showed dominance, getting attacked by their siblings will start when the pups reach the eighteen month old range. This happened in one of the five groups.
( 2 ) In the other four groups, the pups that were the original target of the more dominant pup. The risk becomes high, for them being attacked by their siblings.
( Note) In two of the five groups, once removing the (fake) alpha, stability was returned to that pack. In the other three groups, the lower pack members were removed from the pack. Out of the five groups, the five (fake) alphas or the idiots as I like to call them, consisted of three females and two males.
In nature this is one of the contributing factors, as to why the packs are not as large as would be expected. (wolves or coyotes).
The point of me explaining this to you is a significant portion of dog owners, think they have an alpha dog. By mistaking our dogs behaviors we will be taking the wrong approach to modifying those behaviors, hence we will see no improvement. Sadly if a dog trainer came to your home, and confirmed that your dog or puppy is an alpha, do not lose hope most likely they are wrong. The best advice I can give in regards to evaluating whether or not the dog trainer or behaviorist you hire is any dam good is, almost immediately you should be thinking to yourself, ” Wow, is that really my dog” when the trainer first starts handling your dog. Now that doesn’t mean that they will be any good as your teacher, that just means they are good with dogs. And that’s a pretty good start.
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