What If Your
Becomes Too Dominant?
A problem that many
dog owners have is that their rottweiler has become the boss. It does what it
wants, when it wants to, and woe betide anyone who tries to tell it
Even worse, it
decides what everyone else in the house does as well, making
everyone's life hell if the rottweiler doesn't approve. This can lead to
the most ludicrous behavior from owners, ranging from the total
subservience to real fear of the rottweiler.
Let's take a look
at why this develops, and ways to address the problem...
The dog is a pack
animal. It doesn't consciously know this, it's just hardwired into
the brain. As a pack animal, it will be expecting there to be a
leader in the group, one leader, to whom everyone defers.
There are a few
breeds of dog who may actively challenge you for this top spot, but
most dogs will not. They will be quite happy for you to be the boss.
However, and here's the key, if you do not take on the leadership
role, and there is no clear ruler of the pack, the dog will take
It's not something
the rottweiler decides to do, but a pack animal *always* expects a leader,
and if the rottweiler gets the role by default, so be it, the
rottweiler is not
aware how the role came about, but will adapt to it.
This leads to
changes in behaviour - they may be small at first, but if the change
is not addressed, it will cement the rottweiler's leadership of the pack,
and the behavior will increase down the road of dominance.
This is at the root
of a huge amount of behavioral issues, and can be addressed by
taking back the leadership of the pack.
Once a rottweiler has
assumed control, it may not be so keen to relinquish it, and you may
have some battles ahead of you, but it often takes a surprisingly
short amount of time for the rottweiler to quite happily slip back into
its' position lower down the pack.
One of the
strongest ways of getting this message across is to eat your meals
before the dog. Eat in front of him or her, but do not let
your rottweiler eat until you have finished. In animal packs it is *always* the
strongest that eats first, and this simple technique can tap into
the hardwiring I mentioned before.
So, if your
becomes too dominant, recognize the problem as pack mentality and
get about changing your behavior first, and the dog will follow
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