It can be both annoying and dangerous to have a dominant dog in your house. A dog who believes he is in charge may eventually bite a family member or you if he feels challenged. It is very important to be able to recognize the signs when your dog is starting to become dominant and then do something about it.
- Excessive barking. Not only are dogs that constantly bark a nuisance, but it also means that their voice is being imposed on everyone else. That is a clear sign that you have a dominant dog.
- Getting up on a bed or furniture without permission. If you let your dog get up on the bed or furniture, your dog must be taught that it is only allowed on the furniture when you permit it. If he or she jumps up on your bed or furniture whenever it wants to, it is demonstrating dominance and placing you within the subordinate role.
- Growling at family members or you. When dogs growl, they are warning you that they might bite. It is a clear sign that your dog is demonstrating dominant behavior towards you.
- Demands your attention by mouthing, whining, or nudging you. Dogs that demand your attention constantly using those physical methods are demonstrating dominant behavior and attempting to force you to give them attention.
- Guarding toys or food. Dogs that closely guard their toys or food or who will not easily give them up to you are showing they don’t need to obey you. This is the dominant behavior that they are displaying, and they are treating you as if you were a subordinate.
- Refuses to move for you. Dogs that refuse to move or block your path when you tell them to are showing dominant behavior. It is showing they do not respect you.
- Will not allow anyone, including a groomer, the vet, or you to handle him. Dogs that refuse t allow anyone to handle them, including you, are displaying dominance. It shows they do not respect humans.
- Humping your guests or you. Not only are those bad manners, but it is a dominant behavior as well. Dominant dogs hump other animals and dugs that they view as being beneath them in their pack.
- Ignoring commands that it knows very well. When a dog ignores your command, that it knows quite well, it is willfully disregarding your authority. It means that your dog is showing its dominance and that you do not need to be obeyed.
- Pooping or peeing on your bed. When a dog poops or pees on your bed, he or she is telling you exactly how it views your authority, which isn’t much. It is dominant behavior.
If your dog begins to show signs of dominance, then it is time to get assistance from a Canine Behavior Specialist. Dominant dogs are frequently intent on maintaining their position. Therefore, if you do something that they think challenges their authority, they might bite you or a member of your family. Get assistance from an experienced professional.
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