On September 13 2006, Purple wrote:Two thumbs up and snaps in a double z formation....great article!
On September 14 2006, 6:49 AM, SisMorphine wrote:So I'm just trying to get her point here (forgive me, it's very early in the morning):
She says that dogs need a strong leader. To me leader = taking the alpha role. Alpha = dominance.
By saying that people are too focussed on dominating their dogs is she talking more about physical domination, like alpha rolls? Is she talking about how people overuse the term? Or is she just talking about being the leader in the home (if she is she's saying two totally different things)? Because of my "strong leadership" or as I prefer to refer to it as, my dominant status in my household, I can have two alpha males who don't even so much as look at each other. But I'm sure that if I left my house and someone else was here with the two of them out, or someone else tried to walk the two of them together, there would be a huge fight.
And as far as the peeing on the carpet: there are SO MANY different reasons for a dog to be peeing in the house. So many. Some are simple training issues. Some are medical issues. And *gasp* some can be fixed through the humans in the household being strong leaders! By being a strong leader you are giving a fearful dog confidence thus making it less likely to have an accident in the house because it's nervous. Wally marks when he's mad at me (blah blah blah, dogs don't have emotions, yadda yadda yadda, I'm not buying it). I leave and take another dog with me and not him: my couch gets peed on. I leave, forget something, come back in to get it, and leave again, thus teasing him making him think he's coming with me: he pees on the cabinets. We're in a dominance struggle and he is punishing (I don't think that's the word I want to use) me by peeing on stuff. If I had put strict boundaries on him from the beginning this wouldn't be happening. So yes, I see that as a dominance issue. It's not a housebreaking issue, it's a marking issue directly related to a dominance struggle in our household between the two of us.
So I'm hoping that this woman is using the term "dominance" meaning physical dominance as opposed to strong leadership which *gasp* is dominance. Or perhaps it's more of a commentary on how the term "dominance" is being overused and misused and how most trainers nowadays see everything as a dominance issue. I think that the article is written half-assed leaving much more to be explained as she said that she believes in pack hierarchy, she said she believes in strong leadership, but not dominance? Makes very little sense to me the way it is written . . . then again, it is early in the morning and I haven't eaten yet so perhaps it will make sense to me later on. LOL
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