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To: Joe 6-pack


*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: Salamander
There is a way, from day one, to teach your dog who is boss. It works if you get your dog while it is still a puppy. Hold the puppy in your arms on his back. When ever the pup struggles to get free you hold it tight and don't let it turn over or escape. When the pup stops struggling you loosen your hold. Tighten your hold again when ever he struggles to escape. Do this several times a day and you are the alpha (bitch in my case). If you adopt an older dog I don't think I would try this. :)
57 posted on 12/23/2012 6:51:08 AM PST by Ditter
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