Dominant Dog: Another Label for Dogs
Written by Aga on February 22, 2019
In interpersonal communication, I’m able to see large ease in issuing opinions, assessments and judgments. Issued without a deeper analysis and without trying to understand why a person behaves in a way that is perceived by us as “irritating”, “stupid” and “irresponsible”. What’s more, we transfer the same tendency to our dogs, which suffer as much as our bipeds.
Is my dog dominant?
Very often, giving the label “dominant dog” closes us to make an effort to look at the behavior of our pet a little more deeply. Of course, the labels are very comfortable. They kind of give us a dispensation on seeking for a real purpose (which will be much more time-consuming than the ruling on the tendency of our dog to show dominance). However, if we really care about the relationship with our pet, getting rid of both this and other labels is essential.
Remember that there is always a deeper reason for what you perceive as domination. Lack of proper training (because how can a dog know that when you call his name, he has to come to you?), health reasons, physical imbalance, and thus also emotional. In addition, there is a lack of understanding of the body language and calming signals that the dog uses to communicate and show that he feels insecure, for example. It’s also sin to ignore them. All this we can see as something that we interpret as dominance.
As I don’t like to stand in opposition to some approach first, and then leave my listener with nothing, I’ve prepared a few tips. Where do you start when you want to call your dog the dominant?
First of all: Of course, inhale-exhale. And remember to breath. Otherwise, you’ll have more air in your lungs, and it’ll allow you to scream at your dog for a longer time.
Secondly: What’s more, be sure to consider whether you’ve rewarded the behavior. Remember that the reward may be your attention, even the one marked with negative energy (”no!”,”stop!” etc.). Has something significant happened recently at home that could have triggered anxiety or stress? Or maybe there have been changes in the routine and life of the dog? Look at the diet, games, activities, pay attention to the level of mental stimulation. Factors can be a whole lot and usually easier to spot them with the help of a qualified behaviorist.
Third: Promise yourself that you will work on getting rid of all the labels. Both in relation to other people and your dog. Believe me, it’ll open your heart and strengthen your relationships with creatures of all kinds! Remember, every animal behaves at the moment as best as it can (and how it was taught).
I assure you – the introduction of these few steps will greatly help you and your dog to improve your relationship. It’ll also help you deepen your empathy and friendship. Where there is no place for theories that your four-legged friend wants to prove something to you or take control over you. Who to whom, but it’s only to be your friend and give you unconditional love. And that he doesn’t always do it in a way that suits us? It’s our responsible job to use the right one, positive training and guidance to help the dog find its place in this crazy and even demanding world.
You can contact us if you need help with any issue you have with your dog- Zuzanna will be delighted to help you discover the real core of the problem and prepare a plan of action for you and your dog.