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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Submissive or not submissive

Do you fellow members prefer a submissive puppy or one that isn't submissive?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 12:12 PM
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I prefer a confident puppy that wants to take over the world and isn't afraid of anything.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 12:27 PM
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I prefer a confident puppy too. However I must add that my girl (9 months) would, to some people, look submissive in situations around children and small dogs. She will lower her head and lay her ears back and sometimes roll on her back. However, it isn't submission, it's respect. But I have had people that have watched to much CM ask why she was so submissive. I'm like sheesh, unless you can read dog behavior, please don't watch that show She doesn't do that behavior to anyone that is larger than her, just ones she knows are "weaker" than her. Hence, respect.
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I should probably add, to small dogs she doesn't know. I have small dogs and she tries to engage them in play, but she is gentle unless they get her going to far, then I have to call off all play, cause she starts slapping my small dogs lol.
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I prefer a pup that is confident and courageous but knows his/her place in the pack.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 03:08 PM
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I want a dominant pup that won't back down to any human, dog, or lawn mower.

In terms of relationship with you I don't want my dog to submit to me but to respect me as a leader. I want him to obey commands because he wants to, not because he has to. Making a dog want to do things for you is called training. Making a dog submit to you is called dominance.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 03:37 PM
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I have a confident, independent pup. The independence is a little 'ugh'. I wish he was a bit more handler sensitive. He could care less if he pleases me at the moment. He is indifferent pretty much to praise... just want a treat or a toy. Makes it challenging.

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Bring on the baby Comanche razor beast
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As Baillif said, "Bring on the baby Comanche razor beast!" They're usually the more intelligent, challenging, and FUN! (and more work, LOL)
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 07:03 PM
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I guess it depends on what you mean by submissive. There is absolutely nothing worse than seeing a dog you love curl down and show her belly in fear of you or to appease you.

But if you want to make the bed and you have 72 pounds of dog hair sprawled on it, and you tell her, OFF, then she should get off the bed, understanding that she needs to comply with what you tell her. These dogs are too big and too smart and too powerful to not submit to their human's training/commands.

I don't want a dog that will come up the leash at me, or to challenge me at every turn.

I like a dog who readily accepts human leadership.

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