Dogs are truly mans’ best friends. The undivided attention, company and loyalty they give you are sometimes unbelievable. They fill in the gap of a human friend so easily. They never question your motives, never interrupt or tell embarrassing jokes about you to company. In short, having a dog in your life is so rewarding.
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However, there are some instances whereby dogs decide to be rebellious or try to show dominance over you and your house. It might be difficult to notice this dominant dog behavior at first or mistaken the actions for affection. However, it is advisable to be one step ahead of the hound otherwise the tables will be turned and they will be your master. Dogs are naturally pack animals that need a leader and if yours feel like he is leader material he will portray some of these characteristics.
Do you remember any of these signs of dominant dog behavior?
1. Sitting in high places looking down on you.
There are needy/ attention craving dogs out there that would put themselves in position of notice but this is different. If you notice that your dog likes sitting in high places for instance sofa, bed, kitchen counter, the stairs or any other raised place then he might showing signs of dominance. In this case, he is letting you look up to him and his looking down to you means that you are his subject.
2. Guarding you from strangers.
It is normal for dogs to protect their master; in fact some are purposely for this job. However, a dominating dog will take this role a little bit further. In this case, if you notice that your dog does not like other people touching or getting close to you then this is a serious sign of dominant behavior in dogs. He might be jealous of your creating special bonds with other people which might be interpreted to your sharing what you already have with the dog. He will see other people as intruders with ill intentions of coming in between you two. If this goes unnoticed, you might end up old, alone with nothing but the dog by your side.
3. Persistence of sitting or staying at a particular place.
Every dog in any homestead should have a particular place to rest, play or sleep. However, a dominant dog that is desperate to mark its territory and dominate over you will rebel and instead choose its own place. In this case he will tend to take position on the sofa or any other place that you had previously denied him access to. This might be to show that they have a say over you and not the other way around. If this persists, they might even dictate when/ what you feed them, when they play and even when they go to bed.
4. Disobeying commands.
Dogs and humans’ co exist peacefully and communicate through commands. When your furry little friend decides to disobey your commands they might be showing signs of dominance. They might be telling you that they no longer take orders from you and you need to let them take the lead.
5. Separation anxiety.
Some dogs get really crazy when their master is leaving the house. This behavior might be characterized by biting the heel of the shoe, whining, rummaging through the house or jumping on the furniture. All this might be to attract attention and show disapproval. This is one of the overprotective dog behavior problems. It might be to tell you that you should only leave when it’s okay with them. If this persists, they might even result to violence just to show that they mean business.
It might seem natural for dogs to growl when in disapproval. A dog that needs to show its dominance over a person or property will groan if anyone threatens to mess with them. In this case, it might be things you hold dearly or those that mean a lot to the other family members. Your best friend might need you to run by him before doing anything important by growling.
Depending on the type of relationship you have with your hound friend, it might be difficult to fully put a finger to this dominant dog behavior. However, when you realize that you no longer have the freedom you once had in your own territory then just know that the tables might have turned on you.
Do you remember any of these signs of dominance in dogs? If you cannot train the dog back to acceptable behavior, it is advisable to seek professional help before you find yourself sleeping in the dog house.