How to Stop Your Dog from Displaying Dominance: Learn the reasons why dogs engage in dominant behavior, and understand how to control dog dominance before it grows into aggression.
Dogs and Dominance
Dogs are pack animals, and in any pack there are struggles with dominance. In the wild, this behavior is allowed to play out, but in domestic life, dominance is considered bad manners at least, and can lead to dangerous aggression, at worst.
Not all dogs who exhibit dominant behaviors will do so in every situation. Some dogs may be very protective of their “home turf” and will show dominance in his own home or yard area, but will be just fine at a dog park or kennel. Other dogs will display dominant behavior no matter where they are. It is important to recognize the behavior when you see it and curb it as early as possible in order to prevent potential aggression issues in adult dogs.
Dominant behavior in dogs is a situation which can quickly spiral out of control. It is best to try to prevent dominant behavior from developing in the first place, and there are steps that you can take to ensure that your dog does not develop this potentially dangerous behavior.Often times canine dominance has its roots in the dog's territorial instincts. In many cases, a dog will protect its family or territory, and in males, may
One of the best methods that you can use to prevent dominant behavior in your dog is to always use positive reinforcement. Reward good behavior with plenty of praise, petting, and an occasional treat. If your dog disobeys you do not hit, or yell at, your dog. This type of punishment can contribute towards the development of dominant behavior. Instead tell your dog in a firm voice, “No, Bad Dog.” Then place the dog in