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    Dominant Dogs

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Certain dogs have dominance in their genes, and so may struggle to be the passive one. Some dogs may act up to show dog dominance over their owner, and are not willing to accept the inferior position. It is not difficult to recognise a violent, aggressive and dominant dog, but there may be some symptoms that an inexperienced owner can misinterpret.

    The main behaviour types of a dog that is trying to take the lead are agression and disobedience. But dominance has symptoms that new dog owners tend to attribute to puppyhood.

    What are the signs of the dominant behaviour?

    Dog Marking Territory

    The dog is a territorial animal and marks his spot instinctively. Dogs urinate in order to claim their territory and ward off other dogs. However, this is obviously not acceptable in your home.

    Dog Bites

    The other symptom of dominant behaviour is when the puppy gently nips his master’s hands while playing. We tend to think that this is perfectly natural puppy behaviour casused by teething or playfulness. However, these seemingly innocent but sometimes painful bites are signs of dominant behaviour too.

    Jumping Up

    When the dog jumps and gives a kiss to someone entering the door as a welcome, wagging his tail, most owners most owners think this is cute. However, it could be said that a dog climbing onto his master's shoulders is trying to put him back into second place.

    If the dog is disobedient
    Disobedience is the weapon of pushy alpha males or females. When a dog jumps onto the bed despite being told not to, he is asserting his dominance.
     

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