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Do Dogs Show Submission

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Dr. James C. Ha, Ph.D., CAAB is a professor of applied animal behavior at the University of WA and a certified applied animal behavior with over 30 years of experience in animal behavior teaching, research, consulting, and expert witness services.

Do dogs submission?

Submission, as they say, is the flip side of the dominance. It is a package, and a breed or a dog has that and shows that dominance and submissive behaviors or it doesn’t show dominance and submissive behaviors. Submissive behavior goes along with dominance behavior as a package. They are a mechanism to decide what order the limited resources are divided.


What does submission look like in dogs?

Unlike wolves who tend to have a more linear dominance structure, dogs are more fluid like, and dominance depends on the situation. One dog may insist on getting the food first but will allow another dog to chose a toy first. Not all breed show submissive behavior since not all dogs show dominant behavior, you can’t have one with out the other.