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3. Donít Walk Around Your Dog Does your dog lie on floor and expect you to walk around him? In wild, dominant dogs lie wherever they want, and dogs lower in social order go around so they donít disturb Big Dog. If you walk around your dog, he will assume this to be an act of submission on your part; therefore he must be leader, not you. If your dog is lying in middle of hallway, or right in front of your easy chair, make him move. If heís on couch and you want to lie down, make him move. Donít step over him. Just gently nudge him and make him get out of your way. Youíre Big Dog, remember?
4. You Determine When Your Dog Gets Attention Even asking for attention or affection can be seen as an act of dominance from your dogís point of view. Dogs that demand attention are asserting dominance, so if your dog gets pushy, ignore him. When youíre ready to give him attention or affection or pet or play with him, ask him to sit first. Donít run after him just so you can pet him. Make him come to you when youíre ready to give him attention, or play with him. And when you play with a toy, make sure that you end up with possession of toy, and then put toy away when youíre done. (Note: Iím not talking about his favorite toys that you leave in his crate. Iím talking about play toys that two of you use for games.)
5. Donít Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed This is a tough one for a lot of people, but when you let your dog share your bed, at best youíre making him an equal to you. He should have his own bed, either a dog pad or his crate that he feels comfortable in Ė you can even put dog pad next to your bed if that makes both of you happier Ė but donít let him take over sleeping arrangements. Before you know it, heíll be trying to make you sleep on floor! Again, reinforcing or retraining your dog to recognize you as Head Honcho has absolutely nothing to do with harsh discipline. These are changes you can make that will change way your dog thinks about you. And making even small changes like these can have an enormous impact on way your dog views social hierarchy in your home Ė all without a harsh word being spoken! http://tinyurl.com/6u2cj
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