It's very stupid. Dogs do what they are taught to do. A dog will behave correctly and politely regardless of whether he's allowed to go on couch, eat before me or what not if I teach him to behave as it should (or how I want him to behave).
Originally Posted by crazydog
Are you implying my dogs don't see me as a leader?
& I can bet you in a bad situation any dogs will trust & respond better to someone they see as a leader.
Being spoiled or not getting a clear message has nothing to do with sleeping on couches, eating before me or going through doors first.
If it works for you great but I think alot of you are not really getting the most out of your dogs.
My house is not a pack. And dogs do NOT perceive human family as a pack. Also, there are rules in my house and those rules are obeyed at all times. If I say "get off the bed" they will all get off the bed. Because I taught them to. Nothing to do with ranks. Among them, yes, there is an order of who is the boss and there's no questions about it. I have two of my own and occasionally I'm fostering. Currently we have 3 dogs in our house. No issues whatsoever.
I bet these houses with no rules have a very stable top dog in their pack that ia actully keeping it all in order.
I bet you it wouldn't. Not in my house, don't know about yours or anyone elses.
I can also tell you if you tried to keep a pack of 8 or more working & breeding dogs it would be a mess.
Depends what is an issue. Just because some issue may occur it doesn't mean it's because of rough play.
I am glad it works for you all but please if having any bahavour issues first thing cut out rough play
I do that with or without issues. Every day, throughout the day, through play, fun or something more serious. Any dog needs it - large, small, guardian or lapdog. It is necessary if you want stable, well behaved dog.
& actully ask something of your dog that uses his mind.
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.