The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
Join Date: May 2002
I think Super G example was a good one. Respect is not earned by forcing my will on a dog. It is earned by the dog realizing that by listening to me, their life is improved. That makes a working partnership work.
My dogs are off leash a lot. But they have to earn it. When I start a hike, it's on a long line. If they don't pull and behave, they get to be free. If they should decide to not listen to a command, they go back on.
I don't need to be a dictator. I don't need to have a dog walk right next to me all the time. Yes, I control resources, including off leash time. But I not need to enforce strict rules all the time. My dogs have learned, and respect the fact that when they please me, things are better for them. But that means I have to take them in to account as well. It's not all about me.
Respect is earned, not demanded. My dogs seek my approval and I give it happily. And I do my best to make sure I earn that respect everyday. Fair, firm, loving, goofy, fun. I laugh with my dog, I enjoy their antics and misbehaviors, I did not get a dog to have a robot. I chose to share my home with another being. Their needs are met and more.
Sorry went off a tangent there. But the word Alpha and Dominance theory really annoys me. It's a dictator way of thinking. Dogs are not stupid. They know I am it a dog. I don't have to try to be a dog to gain their respect.
"So that others may live"
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