PHILADELPHIA (TBEN) – Do you sometimes feel like your dog is trying to dominate you? In this week’s Pet Project, Carol Erickson discusses whether dogs are actually trying to be dominated or not.
“I want to do something that debunks a lot of the nonsense that I think you hear and everyone hears from a lot of dog trainers who say the dog is trying to dominate you, you have to be the boss,” Erickson said .
Erickson says there is a great article in Tufts University’s You Dog newsletter. Their behaviorist has some very interesting ideas on the subject of domination.
Erickson says the idea of a dominated dog is “absurd” and says “trainers keep coming up with it and telling you that you are too forgiving and you don’t show the dog who’s boss.”
According to the veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University, dogs don’t need to be dominated and therefore don’t need to be trained away from the trend.
They just want to easily access something they want, but they don’t dominate you.
According to the head of the Tufts Animal Behaviorist Clinic, it’s fine to let them sit on the sofa, sleep on your bed, unless it interferes with your comfort.
Dogs are social. The higher the perch, the better they like it.
Here’s an example of why you find dogs in stairwells all the time, because they like to watch where they are – without trying to dominate you.
Another is that when they walk in front of you some people say “heel” or “stay there”. Erickson says they’re walking in front of you because they’re excited to sniff something or maybe walk through the door easily, not to say, “Hey, I’m better than you.”
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