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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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I have a question about being the alpha. OK, so we've had our pup a little over a week now. She's been coming along nicely. I stay at home all day and have been working with her multiple times a day as well as taking her for multiple walks. She minds me very nicely. Now, my husband works very long hours and has been unable to spend as much time with her. He does work with her before work and if he get's off at a decent time he takes her for nightly walks. She doesn't disobey my husband but she doesn't listen to him as consistently as she does me. I am looking into puppy classes but until than is there anything he can do to help her to understand that both he and I are the alphas? For example, she seems to come to me every time I ask her. She will got o him about 75% of the time he asks her. Is one person just naturally going to be the "top dog". We are doing clicker training as well.
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Its not an issue of alpha.....she's a baby. She views both of you as providers, and the one who provides the most(especially time and food) she will gravitate to a little more at this stage of her development.
All puppies have degrees of not listening.....part of childhood.
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Thanks! That makes a lot of sense! She's a good girl. We both adore her to pieces!
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Think of it as a bond, not you being alpha or top dog over her. Her bond is stronger with you than with your husband because you're with her more. Obedience doesn't necessarily have anything to do with alpha status.

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Thank you. It does make sense. I am with her ALL DAY. Plus I take her everywhere with me as well. He's really good with her two but let's face it, mamma knows best I suppose! LOL
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Think of it as a bond, not you being alpha or top dog over her. Her bond is stronger with you than with your husband because you're with her more. Obedience doesn't necessarily have anything to do with alpha status.
Exactly.

The term 'alpha' is a bit misleading and somehow got way over used over the years. It's also REALLY not appropriate when looking at a puppy and it's behaviors. Be like seeing a 2 year old child and being able to tell which will be a 4 star General in the Army when they grow up...

Our goal is to raise a happy and CONFIDENT puppy. So all the love and leadership that involves is our goal. Using toys, treats and praise all help to get that leadership bond and faith in us as a leader.

If you husband starts up 'engagement' training I bet he'll start gaining some respect in your pups eyes

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Thank you. I've been watching engagement training videos that I found on the site. It's really worked for me. It will take time. She is really smart and very eager to learn.
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I should add to this, she is very affectionate towards him. And he absolutely adores hers. There is no stressful vibes between dad and pup. In fact, I've never seen him so in love with a dog like he has been with her. I sent him videos on engagement training. I think that will for sure.
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I should add to this, she is very affectionate towards him. And he absolutely adores hers. There is no stressful vibes between dad and pup. In fact, I've never seen him so in love with a dog like he has been with her. I sent him videos on engagement training. I think that will for sure.
I know what you mean. My husband, Mike, revolves his life around the dogs and loves them. And they love him so much. But I'm the momma!

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