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    That lack of training (in my opinion) has contributed to the dog thinking he is on equal or higher status than us in some situations...ie. dominance..

    This would be bad logic on your part.

    Your lack of training has contributed to your dog's unacceptable behaviour because he doesn't know any different. It's not a deliberate thinking on his part about "status" or "dominance". He just takes what he can get. Think "Opportunist". All dogs and children and teenagers are "opportunists". If you let them, they will take the opportunity. And if you never set limits - they have no idea it's unacceptabe or what you want them to do instead.

    Most dogs are very keen to please their owners. It's up to you to let them know what they need to do to make you happy.

    If they're doing stuff that makes you unhappy - you only have yourself to blame - not the dog's opportunistic nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Personally, I think it has more to do with the dog not understanding what is expected of him. So he's just doing what dogs do, being an opportunist. But that doesn't automatically mean that he doesn't want to please you and expects you to submit to him or something like that.

    But it is great that your methods are working!

    "not understanding what's expected of him"-that comes under training surely.

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    I'm feeling intimidated by your dominant behaviour Hyacinth. Do you have any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oncebitten View Post
    I'm feeling intimidated by your dominant behaviour Hyacinth. Do you have any suggestions?
    Oh yes...

    Start changing your thinking about how you relate to your dog.

    Learn about operant conditioning and classical conditioning and re-inforcement (rewards). They're all technical names, but will allow you to train the dogs, kids, OH, and killer whales. Ie find out what these critters find rewarding and use that reward to get what you want first (aka Premack principle) - will keep you busy with google for a while.

    You've got all the good stuff - your dog should know this - use it to your advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    Does he growl around dinner time too, if you go near him while eating? When i first bought Oskar home, I tried to take his pigs ear off him, he growled and nipped me. I won't tolerate that behaviour in my home, so I tried a few more times and he got the message, I would say Ta and gently take it off him. I put my hand in his food, and I also make him wait until dinner. I encourage my children to do so to. You as his owner, must show him who is boss, and you don't need to smack him or anything. I would never dream of doing that. I have also discouraged the possessive behaviour in any other dog I have had.

    I agree with everyone else as well if you are unsure what to do, get professional help.
    First few months that i had my dogs i literally put my head in their bowl while food is in there/sometimes while they were eating. I can do whatever i want with their food now, stick my hand over the food etc etc. Same things with bones, but if i want it from Tia i have to chase her to get it

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    I've always been able to stick my fingers down my dog's throat and pull bad stuff out. She's not thrilled about it but she doesn't argue or try to bite me either.

    And if I take something away from her - I try to replace it with something good so she feels ok about it and is less likely to get defensive.

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