The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
- Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912
Practitioners of the ‘Dominance’ theory often tell you:
Don’t let your dog on the sofa or the bed; they are raising their pack ranking.
Make sure you eat before your dog does, because the pack leader eats first.
If your dog pulls on lead, it’s because they’re being ‘Dominant’, because the ‘Pack Leader’ is always ahead.
Don’t let your dog go through doors before you do.
Don’t let your dog win if you’re playing tuggy games.
Don’t allow your dog complete access to toys – you must be in control of toys at all times.
You must be able to take food away from your dog at any time.
When you feed, you must only leave the food down for a set amount of time.
Letting your dog jump up is a sign of Dominance over you.
If a dog wees or poos in the house, they’re being Dominant.
A Dominant dog will try to raise their head above yours to assert their dominance.
If a dog tries to raise their head above yours or another dog, they are raising themselves in the pack order.
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