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    Thanks for that! I have found it really useful to have her feel that it is just a part of the fence and that there is not access in nor out of it.

    Thanks

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    Dan you pretty much echoed how my dogs live, if they are calm and quiet they pretty much get to do anything. I expect the odd hole here and there and particularly with the young dogs I put things away or bar them from certain areas of the house rather than having to worry about what they might pinch.

    They are also barred from the dining room while we eat, particularly as the Whippets are shown on a table and fed treats while up on a table. Funny enough they never bother us for food if we eat off our laps in the lounge room as we normally only eat there if it's take-away and as the kids will never part with their take-away no bad habits have been formed.

    The only exception is the racing up to me of a morning as 6 dogs two of which are 30kg plus is a bit much.

    I like the two lead/collar system - flat collar and it's their walk, show collar and it's my walk. It think I started this years ago when all training was check chain based.

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    Thanks, I do love the fact that they know they differences in their collars/leads. I dont have to enforce what is expected anymore, they have to come to the realisation of what is expected on each quite easily.

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    My pack has changed a lot over the years. With rescues coming and going, this created a need for my own dogs to learn how to be part of a pack at all different levels.

    Currently I have 3 dogs. Boof was always my alpha male in the beginning. Gradually as dogs came and went, and more dominant Pugs entered the fold (albeit temporarily) Boof learnt that his position was not so cut and dried and often he accepted second rung of the ladder. As time went on, he seemed to accept it more easily and more quickly.

    Now we have a settled pack as I do not rescue anymore. Olivia, the last to join our family is a dominant dog. She is the alpha, Boof second level and dear old Monte (my teddy bear) is at the bottom... in fact, I am not sure he even understands there were rungs on the ladder to begin with!

    Olivia, much like Mac's top dog, will choose when she wants to be dominant and pull the others into line. Boof will ocassionaly stand up to her, but even this happens less and less often. Monte only ever stands up to her when it comes to food, and even then, he will pick his battles. Food is Monte's life particularly due to his condition.

    At first I was concerned for Boof thinking that his spririt was 'being broken' and that was why he was becoming less dominant. Now I see if for what it is. He is aging and becoming more calm and leadership largely depends on the followers (as with humans).

    I have never believed in the theory that dogs see us as their pack leaders. They are dogs. They know I am not the same species as they are. They respect my authority because in the world of animals, I am the surperior one. Therefore, they eat when I select to feed them and when it suit sme (well, actually when it sutis Monte's medication schedule) and enter doorways in the order of "he who gets there first".
    Last edited by Anne; 09-01-2011 at 09:56 AM.
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    Most people are familiar with the idea that dogs are descended from pack animals. Most are also familiar with the concept that they need to establish themselves as “alpha” in the pack. How to accomplish that position, however, usually remains something of a mystery due to the large amount of information and misinformation.

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