CONFRONTATIONAL DOMINANCE PROGRAM (or "no free lunch")
animals have rules. Dogs are no different. People can't speed through
stop signs and dogs can't bolt out the front door and run down the
street. In this program, all the dog must do is place its rear on
the ground and defer to its owner. Saying 'please' is a simple but
program was specifically designed for both dog and owner. It contains
information from the books Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small
Animals by Dr. Karen L. Overall, Dogs Behaving Badly by Dr. Nicholas
Dodman as well as Cinnamon Clark's methods.
immediately, your dog must earn everything it wants for the rest
of it's life. It does this by quietly sitting and staying for a
few minutes (saying please). This includes the following:
able to go outside and come back inside
a leash and collar put on
feet toweled off
'invited' onto the bed or couch (if owner wants)
1) Avoid confrontation. If your dog is aggressive to you, it
is vital for the success of the program that you avoid confrontation.
If the dog is continually put into situations in which it feels
the need to defend itself, aggression becomes a learned behavior.
If your dog attempts to guard a rawhide chew and you back away,
what does the dog learn? It's learned that aggression works. If
it wants you to back off, all it has to do is growl. -- If your
dog guards these things, simply remove them from its diet all together.
2) Have specific feeding times. Alpha isn't who screams the loudest,
it's who holds the resources. If your dog has food in its bowl all
the time, it feels in control. You must be the one to offer food
(the bowl coming from your hand) when and only when the dog sits.
Example: If you ask for a sit and the dog doesn't comply, you can
give a 'no-reward mark' and walk away. The dog must wait for the
next schedules feeding time for another chance. (A no-reward mark
is not a command. It is a word that lets your dog know it's chosen
the wrong option and the human is leaving the area. I use, "Too
3) Ignore controlling behavior. Example: If your dog comes
up while you are on the couch and climbs into your lap wanting attention,
who is the king and who is the throne? If this happens, simply stand
up to get the dog off of you and then ask for a sit (dog needs to
be on the floor at this point!). If the dog sits, you can pet it.
Now you have just controlled the situation, not the dog.
Praise needs to be earned. Over praising a dog makes the
praise uneventful. It is not appreciated. If you control and ration
all praise and attention, your dog views you as more authoritative.
-- By spoiling a dog, you do it no favors.
If your dog knows how to sit on command, only praise when it gives
you an exceptionally fast sit or a perfectly square sit, etc.
5) Toys are a privilege that must be earned. The dog has access
to only one toy at a time. You control the use of toys and the time
spent playing with them.
If your dog has a toy and is insisting that you play (and you don't
want to) give your no-reward mark and leave the yard or room and
return after a few minutes. Now call the dog to you and ask for
a sit. When the dog sits you can begin play. The dog is only allowed
to play with you when invite it to play. Give a command for playtime
such as, ""Le's play!". Be sure to have a command that ends play
as well. ("That's all" or "All done!" are good ones.) This gives
your dog guidelines to follow. If your dog persists with play after
you have requested the game to end, again give the no-reward mark
and leave the area and do not interact with the dog for a few minutes.
6) No high places. The dog should not be allowed to get on
the bed or couch unless you ask. High places are a way dominant
dogs gain control. Dogs (like people and other mammals) feel more
authoritative when on a higher level.
7) Do not cater to demanding behavior. If you dog is barking in
your face for attention, give the no-reward mark and walk away.
After a few minutes of silence from the dog, ask it to come to you
and sit. Then you can give attention.
8) Watch for subtle, pushy and defiant behavior. Expect mistakes
on your part and your dog's. No one is perfect.
9) Freedom is to be earned.
If your dog refuses to sit for being let out, the dog will not be
able to run loose in the yard. It will have to go out on leash (with
you holding the other end!) to relieve itself.
10) Praise your dog! Remember, fair is fair and your dog can have
as much love and attention as it earns.
This way of interacting with your dog isn't cruel nor is it too
much for you to ask. This is all about mutual respect. Never ask
your dog to do something you wouldn't do. You have to work, pay
taxes and drive the speed limit and your dog needs rules as well.
If you give a human child everything for free, you're setting them
up for failure. They won't learn valuable lessons needed for interacting
with their world. Nothing in life is free. Children feel loved and
safe when rules and structure are given to them. Dogs are no different.
Each time you want to spoil your dog, think about their mental well
being first. Instant gratification does not equal a confident and
happy individual. Work and a true purpose in life is what it's all
about. If they feel needed and useful, they feel confident and content
and isn't that what we all want out of life?
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