14 typical questions from dog owners and the different answers

14 typical questions from dog owners and the different answers

…depending on who you ask?

Customers keep asking me whether a dog is actually allowed to do this or that. The questions are mostly driven by the concern that otherwise it might be possible to raise a dog who absolutely wants to be the boss. Definitely the nightmare of every dog ​​owner! Because once the dog is boss, you have lost.

At least that is what many “dog experts” give us in real life, but above all on television: the justification of all behaviors in the natural, dangerous to the public, system-overthrowing and therefore with vehemence to be suppressed dominance of the dog.

Happy customer, we can breathe a sigh of relief: science is once again ahead of us by universes and has long since proven that dominance theory, as it still hovers around in many heads, is long outdated and in this form does not even exist.

Hooray! So dogs definitely don’t want to be a boss, they don’t strive for world domination. Dogs act – listen and be amazed – according to their needs, which they want to satisfy: self-preservation, security, social contact, reproduction. And this groundbreaking insight has had an enormous impact on the way you look at typical dog behavior today and, above all, how you should deal with it.

The answers that modern trainers provide today to the classic questions of concerned dog owners differ not insignificantly from the one, the only answer that the traditionalists come up with, but which is naturally so easy to remember?

  • Question
  • traditional answer
  • modern answer
  1. Does the dog have to go through the door last?
    Yes. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
Of course, a dog likes to be the first to push out, because it is exciting and exciting there, so the adventures are waiting.

If the dog owner lives in an apartment building, on a busy street or a street with lots of children, it certainly makes sense to teach the dog to wait or just leave it on a leash. Otherwise, you could generously allow the dog to be allowed to run out before you. As the real boss, can you sometimes be generous?

  1. Does the dog have to eat last?
    Yes. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
But a full, contented dog will be easier to rest when people sit at the table than one who pushes coal steam. So it seems logical to feed the dog beforehand. If he thinks that he is wearing his pants because he was the first to eat – well, let’s just let him believe;)

  1. Does the dog always have to go left?
    Yes. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
Dogs used to be led on the left because they shot on the right. If the dog owner shoots with his right hand during his aisle walks, the dog should indeed run left. Otherwise, the dog doesn’t really care which side he walks on, the main thing is that it smells good and is interesting enough. So it may make even more sense to let the dog decide where to go, but to teach it to change sides on signal so that humans are armed for certain situations.

  1. Does the dog have to go in the back?
    Yes. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
If the dog wants to proudly signal to other dog owners how much he is the boss and pack leader, the dog should of course go in the back.

In all other cases, you could also let the dog decide where to go – usually where it is exciting for him. It also makes sense to let the dog go where it is still in the eye, so that you can see whether he wants to indulge in disgusting things or do other stupid things. The rear is the worst possible position.

  1. Do I have to ignore the dog when greeting me?
    Yes. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
If you want to permanently depress your dog, you should ignore the dog.

For everyone else: Of course we greet the dog, because not only is he happy to see his person, but we are happy to see our dog, everyone releases tons of the love hormone oxcytocin and are happy.

  1. Can the dog lie on the sofa?
    Under no circumstance. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
A dog, like humans, likes to lie comfortably. Maybe in the warm season where it is cool, in the cold season on the cozy sofa or in bed. The dog doesn’t care whether the sofa is high or at ground level. He just likes to lie soft and comfortable and, above all, he often likes to be close to his person and enjoys physical contact.

If the person finds the sofa lying inappropriate for any reason, he teaches the dog to lie somewhere else, always and not only every third day because the dog will not understand it. He may even go to his dog now and then so that both can satisfy their need for physical contact.

For everyone else: Happy fighting cuddling on the sofa!

  1. Can the dog be fed at the table?
    Under no circumstance. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
If it does not bother him that the dog then learns to drool and hypnotize sitting next to him at the table, sighing, wailing and, if necessary, demanding his share with body parts, then he can do that.

If the annoying begging disturbs the person, then he teaches the dog to lie somewhere and give rest while eating.

  1. Does the dog have to walk?
    Yes. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
He should only know that walking for a long time is anything but appropriate for a dog. A dog should be able to walk for a short time or simply on a leash, so that people can keep the dog under control in difficult situations. Walking for hours on foot is mega exhausting for the dog, completely atypical for dogs, completely devoid of meaning and frustrating because its needs are not met in the least.

  1. Does the dog have to look at me while running?
    Yes. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
As a sporting activity, this may be fine and can also be fun for the dog if he has learned that it is worthwhile to look at it.

In all other cases: No! A dog must be able to perceive its environment. On the one hand so that he too can enjoy his alleyways and dive into his world, and above all so that he can see where friends or enemies are and that he does not have to be frightened.

The so-called “bond” between humans and dogs has nothing to do with forced viewing!

  1. Can the dog win a game?
    Under no circumstance. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
If the dog wants to drive out the joy of playing and frustrate him, then he should always let the dog “lose”.

It is more than questionable whether dogs interpret a game the way humans do by thinking in terms of winning and losing categories. Rather, it seems to be crucial for the dog whether he can also have fun playing with his person. Whether they can romp together and let out and let their joy run free. And if it is part of leaving the game to the dog at the end – why not do it? Shortly after the game ends, the dog will lose interest in the game.

A resource only remains exciting for as long as it is rare and special. If it is freely available, it will lose some of its attractiveness.

  1. Can the dog ask me to play?
    Under no circumstance. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
But actually: Of course, why not? It is up to man to go into it or not. If he wants to play, he plays with the dog. If he would rather watch the news and have a beer, he doesn’t play. The dog will learn to deal with it.

  1. Can the dog have toys?
    Under no circumstance. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
But just as a child has toys at his disposal, a dog should also have toys at his free disposal. This makes sense for the dog alone to learn to bite his stuff instead of his man’s shoes or the expensive leather sofa. Or what should the dog do when it is not sleeping, eating or licking off?

  1. Can the dog ask me to stroke?
    Under no circumstance. Otherwise he feels like a boss. He must be shown that he is at the lowest level of the hierarchy.

That decides the dog owner.
But actually: Of course, why not? On the one hand, the person can decide whether he has the time and the desire to go into it, and on the other hand, he can be happy that his dog has so much trust in him that he comes to him voluntarily to be petted.

The need for physical and social contacts is vital for social beings. If these needs are not met, the individual becomes ill or has behavioral problems, or both. The other way around, people should have so much understanding to accept if the dog does not want to be petted.

  1. Do Quietschis spur the desire to kill?
    Yes. Squeaky dogs make dogs aggressive, dangerous and of course dominant.

Counter question: Is a dog too stupid to distinguish whether it is holding a plastic-smelling soft toy in its mouth or a smelly, wriggling mouse? We shouldn’t underestimate our dogs’ intellect.

Otherwise, it can be said that the different sequences from hunting behavior are genetically anchored to different degrees. There are classic hunters that also kill (such as greyhounds) and there are other breeds that are specialized, e.g. B. to search, rush or retrieve, but not to kill the prey.

Many dogs who “shake a soft toy” with pleasure and joy would not even touch a real mouse with pointed teeth.

A squeaky toy will not produce anything that is not genetically predisposed to the dog anyway. And this plant will break out – at the latest in youth development, I promise! ?

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