At home

Before the requirement of an element considered as an inferior, there will be a negative answer to leave any of the rooms in the house. It mainly happens on the main bedroom, because the dog considers this place as his being the leader it thinks it is.

Frontal rejection before having to step down from the couch or any other furniture in the house. Mainly for three reasons:

  • For thinking them as his, the sense of property or of territory are highly rooted in the dog,
  • For being in a higher level with respect to the floor, for dogs height reinforces the rank,
  • For considering it an acquired right, after being a tolerated action before.
  • Against being molested, when calmly lying down in any place inside the house, as in the case when eating.
  • Negative reactions before trying any kind of unmeasured imposition, it may not be for the owner, but it is for the dog. All these situations, and other similar, will be strengthen for being inside the primary area of territorial influence of the dog.

Outside
Excessively strong pulling of the leash, when taking the dog on his daily walk. On the wild packs, the dominant dog always occupies the first position when on the move, which is translated in occasional negatives from the dog for having to go to places chosen by its owners.

Being free, a negative answer to the calling order, existing or not additional factors that increases the opposition to executing the order.

As in the ways of externalizing its negative response to accept the orders, due to the lack of authority from the member of the family in question, there are several. The dog will choose for one or the other depending on several factors:

  1. The level of settling of the conduct, from the fact you wish to eradicate,
  2. Intensity of the pressure exercised, from the simple verbal reprehension to the direct physical contact,
  3. Position occupied on hierarchic structure, established by the dog, from the person implied in the situation, and
  4. Age, breed and gender of the animal.

In virtue of these parameters, and so much at home as outside, the defiance to accept any type of orders, motivated by the lack of authority, can be exteriorized by the dog with different intensities, from a hyperactivity pattern to a simple growl, going through the exhibition of its incisive teeth, with or without a complete threatening posture, to the arrival of plain aggressiveness, not imposing, normally, more than one bite.

The dog will act this way not to loose the privileged position he has gained (the dog always tends to value himself as best), but that one or several members of the family will have propitiated or strengthen with their best of intentions.

Dog Behaviorist Lack of dominance in dogs At home