Article: DOMINANCE IS NOT THE ANSWER (No replies)
In fact, Dr. Ballantyne warns owners that attributing actions to dominance is a dangerous assumption to make.
“When owners believe their dog is asserting itself over the household, their response is to assert themselves over the dog,” she explains. “Far from fixing the problem, this response puts the owner at a higher risk for getting injured and can end up scaring the dog. If the owner asserts his or her ‘dominance’ too forcefully or frequently, the human-animal bond between them will eventually break down, and the dog’s behavior may even escalate.”
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