I have four dogs, two were the puppies (now two years old) of one of my other dogs. One of the young dogs has started to show dominant behaviour over the others by growling and snapping nothing serious but as a warning which the other dogs submit to. I have had dog training and understand the principle of being the pack leader. I dont feel there is any question of my authority over all the dogs. The young dog particularly doesn't like the other dogs to sit in front of her when they are by the fire. So i don't let her sit by the fire. It still persists. Could give me advise on how to deal with her when this happens. Many thanks.
Hi Jane, thankyou so much for your response, I,ll just go down your questions in order.
Yes, I've trained them all on the whistle when out, and they are very much led by me, when I stop, they stop and look at me. When I change direction, they change. I went to a trainer who basically trained me to be pack leader. But, am unsure about the relationship between the dogs themselves. Also the younger dogs were our puppies and were treated as babies. I don,t know if we have addressed their place in the pack.
The older female who is the mother, after having the pups she exhibited behaviour of the alpha female which lead me to see a dog trainer. This was addresses and have had no problems, but she has submitted to the young dog in question. The older female dog also submits.
both older dogs are female.
younger dogs, one submissive boy and the dog in question is female.
Feeding - the oldest dog gets fed first, then the mother, then the boy, last our female in question.
Attention gets given in the same order as feeding at initial greeting in the morning or when I have been out.
Dog in question is not allowed to sit in front of the other dogs by the fire as this seems to be when she will sort out the other dogs, she likes to be nearest to the fire.
Altercation with other dogs - this hasn't happened and because of where we live in the country it is unlightly. Although when it has happened she is pleased to greet and play with another dog.
I haven't tried anything else with the dogs other than what I was taught in the training sessions which Has become my natural behaviour on an everyday basis. Making sure I,m leading when we are out, never feeding treats from my hand, just generally being assertive as the leader.
I hope this information is clear for you and really look forward to your response. Many Thanks
I also forgot to mention that I suspect the problem behaviour is more lightly to occur when she is coming into a heat.
Hi Jane, That,s been really helpful and will study the links you've given me particularly body language. What you've said seems to be to go with the grain rather than against it and working within the dogs natural behaviour. That makes a lot of sense to me. Just a slight nag as I have heard conflicting view points regarding allowing a dog to have a position within the pack. I,m guessing as long as I'm the one allowing it and the other dogs recognise that it does not undermine my position. Is the alpha female different to pack leadership?I would be concerned about that as I,v also been told that leadership is actually a stressful position for the dog who feels they need to take that role because the owner isn't doing that job, which is what threw me a bit as I feel with good advise I've managed that. Wouldn,t mind your response on that and then I think I will leave you and just really appreciate your time and response. Many Thanks Lara