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    Default Looking for a Thread on Dominating Dogs...

    hi all,

    i was reading through a thread last night and someone had posted a list of 10 signs that your dog thinks its the alpha/ 10 signs that you dog is trying to dominate.... something along those lines.

    If anyone knows where it and could point me in the right direction that would be great!

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    It was called ' Are you the pack leader" Perhaps you're thinking of that one. Not sure, as there have been many threads like that, sorry.

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    thanks DA had a read through but that's not the one I was thinking of... some of the points were: the dog 'resting' on you, pawing you, not moving out of doorways etc

    i think it may have been in a thread about a border collie who was misbehaving (long thread, possibly 10 pages) ... but i cant find that one now either :s

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    That one. Title is Another Bonnie Problem, posted by Striker. Page 2 currently. Cheers.

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    The Alpha Fallacy | Dog Star Daily

    http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonli...0statement.pdf

    Some of the techniques promoted by the alpha dog people can be useful eg the Nothing in Life is Free (NILIF) - for a very argumentative dog, but many of them and their reasons for using them are based on zero science and may even be bad for your dog.

    What you really need to find is what motivates your dog, eg food, attention, play, favourite toy, all/any of that stuff, and give or withhold based on what you're trying to encourage or discourage.

    Arguing with a dog about who gets to eat first or go through a door first might not be practical or safe. I find I'm much more likely to remember to feed my dog if I am in the habit of feeding her before I get my food. And I'm much more likely to stay right side up if she goes through the door/gate first instead of rushing past me from behind. It doesn't make much difference to who is in charge of the food and attention supply (boss) in this house.

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