I don't get this. I read somewhere that when a dog wants to be touching with his paw or nudges your hand so you'll pet him, he's actually establishing dominance. I don't see this in my dog. My dog does this, but he minds very well and he knows that I am the boss. If I get upset with him he puts his head down in shame. I don't know why pros say this? Is that really true because I think my dog does it because he loves me. I have established dominance over him just fine.
Answer by Steff107 at 9:17 PM on Feb. 7, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 9:17 PM on Feb. 7, 2010
Answer by lowencope at 9:20 PM on Feb. 7, 2010
Answer by ecodani at 11:37 PM on Feb. 7, 2010
Answer by Piskie at 7:22 AM on Feb. 8, 2010
Answer by motherofhope98 at 9:46 AM on Feb. 8, 2010
It is a sound theory. I am an avid dog owner and have trained my dogs as well as rehabing dogs from rescues and homes with behavior issues.
The dog is NOT a child and should not be treated as such.
However, NOT ever dog will try to challenge you for dominance of the pack. The behavior is a passive aggressive ploy , but does not always result in a dogs misbehavior. However it CAN
If I had a DIME for every time I pointed out subtle behaviors and showed how much of a difference it makes to your dogs over all attitude i'd be a rich girl
Answer by FooLynRoo at 5:34 PM on Feb. 10, 2010