How do I know if my dog is dominant?

Living with a dominant dog on a daily basis can be a real nightmare, not to mention the risks for all members of the family, big and small. There are signs that can point the master in the right direction. You should speak to your veterinarian as soon as possible to get the best advice on how to deal with them. Let's find out the main signs of dominance in canines and how to behave with your dog to prevent him from becoming dominant.

How do I know if my dog is dominant?

What is a dominant dog?
Because of its domestication by Man, the dog has somewhat lost its instinctive bearings, but it keeps deeply rooted the hierarchical codes related to its species. Also, the pack instinct is very often incompatible with the increasingly humanized lifestyle that masters impose on their dogs. For these animals, it is difficult in these conditions to avoid behavioural disorders. The problem is even more common in poorly or uneducated dogs.

Dominance in the dog: the signs that should warn
Certain signs can make you suspect a state of dominance in a dog. These include excessive authority over his fellow dogs and other animals, but also over his master, other members of his host family and even sometimes when he is in the presence of people he does not know. The animal is asocial and exerts pressure on all those around it with the sole aim of imposing its own law.

A dominant dog acts daily as a free electron. He does what he wants, when he wants. Impossible to channel, he can for example interpose himself at any time between his masters, insistently ask for food when they are at the table, refuse to obey, be aggressive. In short, it has a constant hold on its surroundings and does not tolerate any rules. The dominant dog makes his adoptive family go through hell.

In short, one can ask oneself questions if one notices in his dog:

  • A possessive character,
  • Provocation,
  • An excess of disobedience,
  • Aggression,
  • An anxiety.

Note also that the posture of a dominant dog is revealing. The animal stands upright, is quite rigid, and wears its ears erect just like its tail. His gaze also speaks for itself. He is generally insistent. In any case, the dominant dog does not look down, does not look sideways and does not lurk on the ground facing his master or a fellow dog. Submission is something he does not know.

Dominant dog: is it dangerous?
The answer is yes. Dominance in the dog represents a real danger for its master and other members of the family, the neighbourhood and pets. It seems fundamental to us to underline that the danger is all the greater when dealing with young children. The cohabitation between a small dog and an asocial dog is incompatible. The reason for this is simple: this type of dog knows no limits, has not integrated any educational rules and wants to impose itself in all circumstances. To do so, it uses and abuses all the means at its disposal, including biting. It is an animal that generates fear.

How do you deal with your dominant dog?
The first thing to do is to be cautious since, as we saw earlier, the dominant dog is a potentially dangerous animal. But it is necessary to adopt a firm attitude in front of such a dog. The master must never be permissive when his little companion tries to take over. In any case, it is essential to understand dominance and try to find out the reason for it.

It should not be invoked indiscriminately. Many people claim that their dog is dominant when the animal simply does whatever it wants because it is allowed to. Not all poorly trained dogs are dominant. It should also be noted that this problem is more common in dogs whose owners are not familiar with their animals' social codes. It is important to know that a dog's temperament has absolutely nothing to do with this problem, which manifests itself over time, especially when the owner does not show any firmness towards his animal.

It is necessary to be consistent so that everything can return to normal, and this is necessary with any dog, even the most gentle and docile. To educate does not mean that it is necessary to dominate. The point is that the dog must be perfectly socialized. To do this, he must be able to understand from an early age what is expected of him. A master who one day is permissive and the next day ultra severe can only disturb his little companion because a dog does not have the capacity to adapt to such an educational scheme. It is impossible for him, under such conditions, to integrate the notion of hierarchy between him and his master. This is how dominance can insidiously take hold.

To regain control of a dominant dog, it is preferable to contact either a dog trainer or a behaviourist veterinarian. The dog will learn from experienced professionals how to integrate into the social group that is its host family. After some time, a much better social relationship should develop between the dog and humans. Relationships with other dogs and other animals are also likely to be less stormy.

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