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    another alpha pack theory thing, folks are proving their "leadership" by harrassing their dogs while eating ie, putting hands in food, spitting on food, taking food out of dogs mouth...... anyone here do this stuff.

    just speaking for myself, you touch my evening meal you will most likely end up with a fork thru yr hand.


    people argue that is asserts yr dominance, makes emergency action possible if you have to remove a poison bait from yr dog.

    has anyone here seen a truly dominant dog? i have seen only 2 in 40 years and heard about another one, mess with their food i think not unless you enjoy getting chunks of yr own meat sewed back on to your body.

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    I never thought it had anything to do with dominance but all with preventing the dog from biting a toddler in the face if one happens to stray near their food bowl.

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    I dont do it to prove my dominance, but I can put my hand in all my dogs bowls and remove bones from their mouths if I have to. My dogs trust me and are not the least bit concerned if I handle their food or food bowl, this doesnt apply to another dog trying to snaffle their food with a couple of them. I do trialing with my dogs and there are kids around and all sorts. My dogs wouldnt dream of biting a human hand that goes into their food bowl. This is how it should be in my opinion.

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    when we were kids if any of us got bit by a dog the first question asked would be were we teasing or annoying the dog. children need as much training how to act around animals as animals need to act around kids imo.


    i don't have kids.

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    That applies to my own child, but it won't matter if it's someone else's. I don't want to risk my dog's life because some parents don't train or supervise their kids...

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    Lol ...I went to add something to Maggies food bowl a few days ago and she sat back as if to say "if you need to share I don't mind"
    It does get nasty at my sisters with five dogs though when I visit with Maggie and disrupt the usual flow, so I can see how it could become something that needs sorting.
    Resource guarding can become a pain in the butt, a friends dogs carry out like fools if we visit.
    So for me it depends on circumstances, but the dominance stuff but can be dangerous for most of us here I know.
    I would sort a dog who snarled for sure though if I had small children who may have a go getting to the kibble!! Most toddlers want a taste and some love it!
    Training the children is well and good, very necessary but if they screw up the dog will suffer the consequences

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    I occasionally put my hand in the dog's food bowls and take bones from the mouth for the same reason as others, it's nice to know that they're not going to bite in case someone does put their hand in there.

    What harm can it do to the dog? Nothing I can think of.

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    My dogs don't mind me taking food away from them. Well, maybe they mind but they don't say anything. We trained this with Nero from a young age and Roxy luckily came like that. Have to agree with Beloz... don't want my dogs to pay for some idiot not training their kids. Having said that I wouldn't trust either of them unsupervised with children anyway. Nero because he will bite if a stranger crushes his boundaries and Roxy because she might accidently suffocate a child when hugging it

    It's actually surprising that Nero never protests when I take stuff away from him. When he was a pup (and I a very green first dog owner) I would take his filthy bones and wash the dirt off for him. Little did I know of dirt adding to the flavour... ... he just quietly put up with me being a jerk. He is such a gentle dog...

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    I always tell my daughter she was raised on dog kibble. When she was a baby and crawling, she was forever sampling my dog's dry food. The dog didn't care so I eventually gave up trying to stop her.

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    I just dont tolerate a dog biting a human unless there is a very good reason. Putting a hand in a dogs food bowl is not a good reason in my opinion and absolutely defintiely not the owners hand. However I would not deliberately put my hand into the food bowl of someone elses dog.

    If a dog is likely to be unpredictable with children or strangers then the onus is on the owner to keep everyone safe by making sure that the situation never arises where someone gets bitten.

    I have never met a truly dominant dog but I know a proffesional dog trainer who has dealt with probably 2 and it really unsettled her.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 08-15-2013 at 04:07 PM.

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