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To: Lera
Yep. I've long raised my dogs in accordance with the principles outlined by The Monks Of New Skete.

They are adamant that the master/alpha's sleeping area (i.e. bed) is reserved exclusively for the alpha. I'll occasionally call my dog to hop up on here (especially on cold nights), but he won't come without permission, and is normally reluctant to stay for any length of time. He knows that if he ever challenged me for it, he'd catch hell.

This lady is basically training her dog to defy her.

11 posted on 12/22/2012 7:10:43 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

There is no way I would put my face that close to a growling dog. He needs some serious training.......or she does.

Both of my sons have English mastiffs. One is loveable and very well-trained. The other is a seriously scary dude and I won’t get near him. The dogs are brothers. It’s just a matter of training.


13 posted on 12/22/2012 7:20:42 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yup.

*Once* when Odin was about a year old, I wanted him to move over so I could stretch my legs.

He growled.

So he was unceremoniously tossed off the couch and we had an intense 15 minute obedience refresher in the living room.

He was then sent to the dog sofa for a half hour time out.

Almost 2 1/2 years later, all I have to do is say Bubby, move, very quietly and does.

It’s my damn couch and his *privilege* is to be on it with me.

He’s got to assume that in all things.

I don’t care what kind of wonderful fun or delicious food or toy he’s got in his mouth, if I say give it up, he does.

He knows its “mine”, really.

That mess with the Mastiff is not going to end well for either of them.

Never get more dog than you can handle.


14 posted on 12/22/2012 7:25:37 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Agreed. That’s an excellent book. Hopefully some Freepers who are new to dog owning will pick it up.


30 posted on 12/22/2012 8:56:07 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Joe 6-pack

Check out the texts of William R. Koehler....THAT is dog training. W.Disney pretty much had his choice of dog and animal trainers/handlers and Mr. Koehler did it well. I will have to study/research your recomended so I can learn the new.


44 posted on 12/22/2012 9:35:01 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (That Queer Kenyan muzzy bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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