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  1. Training philosophy: Positive/Reward vs. Leadership/Dominance

    Dog Training Forum
    An interesting side discussion developed in the Mouthing and Biting thread which I'd like to follow up here. Here's the thought starter: What are the benefits and demerits of positive (reward-based) vs. leadership (dominance) training? Which do you follow and why? Are there valid points to each...
  2. pls help! young, new dog suddenly snappy and defiant

    Dog Training Forum
    Enzo, my first dog, has generally been sweet and gentle (although admittedly hyperactive and sometimes stubborn, but he's only 1 1/2). I know he is very pack oriented (follows me everywhere, bad separation anxiety) and an alpha (jumps all over other dogs, etc., and selectively obeys me). But...
  3. Fear Aggression or Alpha Dog Display?

    General Dog Forum
    Hi guys, I've been trying to read as much as I can online and books and everywhere I can think of to find a solution to my issue with no success. I am actually getting more confused. Probably a direct question to my issue might give a better insight, or my best bet will be to call in a...
  4. My dogs are driving me crazy!!!! Please help!

    General Dog Forum
    I'm at my whit’s end with my dogs and I need help. I have a 3 year old black lab rescue named Angie. She was my first dog; I made many mistakes with her as far as training goes. Basically she now believes she is the alpha and will not listen to me whatsoever. I recently rescued a Basset...
  5. Our puppy only listens to me?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    This is probably a very common question but I would like an actual answer other then the one I got from searching through Google. First a back story about the puppy Two days ago, my boyfriend and I adopted an 11 week old border collie/australian shepherd mix. He was born on a farm and his owner...
  6. Wannabee alpha vs. Submissive dog

    General Dog Forum
    Hello all, We have an quite complicated problem. I have a 10 year old bitch (Lagotto Romagnolo) named Tata. She is very submissive towards humans and also against my girlfriends own Lagotto Romagnol, 3 years old, also bitch, named Buda. Tata knows that she isn't the Alpha (we humans are above...
  7. Moved in with boyfriend and having trouble getting dog to respect me as alpha

    Dog Training Forum
    So I could really use some advice. I have been with my boyfriend for a couple years now and the dog was already a part of his life. I never had an issue with Chance, our three and a half year Wired Fox Terrier, not respecting me. However, I moved into the house at the beginning of this summer...
  8. Submissive urination = manipulation?

    Dog Training Forum
    A dog with a history of defensive and fearful aggression with one documented defensive bite. Brad Pattison (At the end of my leash / In the dog house) enters the household and the fearful dog responds by barking. Brad sees this as a challenge to his 'alpha position'. What kind of pathetic...
  9. Very aggressive towards other dogs

    Dog Training Forum
    Hi there. I have 5 dogs total. 3 purebreed Boston Terriers, 1 Boston/mix, and 1 purebreed Boxer. Our youngest purebreed Boston, she's very, very aggressive towards the other dogs. The Boston/mix and the Boxer, she even picks fights with them on a daily basis. The Boxer doesn't fight back, even...
  10. One S. Husky, One Human, Only One Alpha

    Dog Training Forum
    Hello there, and thanks for taking the time to read this. My family and I just recently adopted a Siberian Husky. He's already about 1yr old, even tempered, and so far I've only encountered the typical S. Husky challenges ( i.e digging, Escape Artist stunts etc.) Unfortunately, his previous...
  11. am i creating an alpha dog?

    Dog Training Forum
    my 8 week old puppy (adopted 2 days ago) is learning to eliminate on newspaper, as she hasn't had her shots and can't go outside. she is fine with the crate, but she does attempt (though much less now) to poo and pee elsewhere. i've been following her around to grab her when she squats down...
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