Tips on Proper Dominant Puppy Training

No two puppies are alike. So while one puppy is sweet and obedient and easy to train, another puppy may be aggressive and obnoxious and almost impossible to get to stay put. This may seem like a mystery, but there is in fact one explanation for the difference in temperaments between puppies: some puppies are dominant, while some are submissive. Brush up on dominant puppy training tips if your little pet happens to need a bit more disciplining than normal.

Dominant puppy training is essential: you can't just expect that your puppy will learn to behave on his own. He just can't strut around and keep getting away with doing everything he wants - or else this is what he'll do as a grown-up dog, too! Sometimes dominant puppies are hard to teach even the most basic skills, like how NOT to bark compulsively and how not to chew on everything in sight. Your dominant puppy will also often attack you and act hostile. Notably, the dominant puppy behaves as if he were the master of the household, and even if this affect distinguishes your pet above others, you need to be careful about disciplining him. Dominant or not, you can't let your puppy grow up spoiled!

Experts explain this by using the "alpha male" tendency: among wild dogs, male dogs fight for the position of "alpha male" or leader of the pack. They do this by asserting their dominance over other dogs, through superiority in fighting, or intimidation: it's a hard-fought position in the animal world. Alpha males do whatever they want, and expect the others around them to do the same. Your dominant puppy is only showing signs of wanting to be an alpha male, thinking to subjugate you and get you to do things HIS way.

Naturally, you want to apply force as well, to get the puppy to respect you. The downside of this, however, is that your puppy will stay hostile toward you, and might end up disobeying you severely once he is grown enough to harm you physically. Discipline for the "wannabe alpha male" puppy shouldn't come with violence. Patience and perseverance pay off. For example, when your puppy bites you and refuses to let go: as long as the bite is not too deep, allow the puppy to stay biting, but speak to him firmly. After a few tries, your puppy should get the hint and see who the boss really is, and stop that particular practice.

The important thing is not to be daunted by the exercise. You need to be firm but tolerant when it comes to dominant puppy training.

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