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.
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.
*Once* when Odin was about a year old, I wanted him to move over so I could stretch my legs.
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.
Agreed. That’s an excellent book. Hopefully some Freepers who are new to dog owning will pick it up.
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.