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Should I Try to Act Dominant Over My Dog

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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.

Please Note: King is trained to roll over and Aly is only playing with him – do not attempt if your dog is not comfortable with that.

Should I Try to Act Dominant Over My Dog?

Hovering over him, interfering, alpha rolling, and rolling him over on his back and so on is NEVER a good idea. They are not expressing dominance toward the human, they are expressing dominance toward another dog. Any kind of action taken by the human, is going to be completely misinterpreted by the dog. It is going to be interpreted as an attack. “Hey, I’m over here dealing with this other dog and some limited resource of some kind and all of a sudden you attack me!” That is never is a good thing for the relationship between humans and dogs.


Is dominating your dog ever affective?

The answer is no. It will only negatively impact your relationship and confuse your pet.  Instead, use proper training techniques to deal with the unwanted behavior. Find a trainer or behaviorist in you area using these tools: