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Is there such thing as dominance training?

Hi I got a 13 week old GSD pup and I've been reading about dominance training. I want to know more of it so if you guys could help me out that's great.

1. Some people say you should touch their legs, ears, face and tail for less signs of dominance and aggression in the future.
2. Some people say you should get your dog to lie down and then have him on his back and stay there for a bit in front of you.
3. Some people say put them in a beach towel until they calm down.

Are these methods true or false and what are other methods of showing your dog gradually on who the pack leader is.
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I won't do any of the dominance training - especially not with a puppy. I recommend you check out these training books and sites :
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Natural Dog Trainer LEE CHARLES KELLEY Alecia Evans Walk In Sync
1. How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend and the Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete
2. Books by Turid Rugass – also available in DVD
a. Barking: the Sound of a Language
b. On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals
c. My Dog Pulls: What can I Do
3. Natural Dog Training by Kevin Behan

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Some reading for you:

I do think it's a good idea to desensitize your puppy to being handled, especially in ways s/he might encounter during a vet exam. That would include touching ears, face, tail, belly, and feet, but that wouldn't have anything to do with dominance and aggression. In our puppy classes we cradled our puppies on our laps, and touched them all over while praising in a happy tone of voice and feeding small treats. Teaching them to accept gentle restraint isn't a bad idea either, but again it should be a positive experience for the puppy, not about forcing them to the floor and holding them down to show you're the boss.

The above threads have much better ways to establish leadership.

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Would you rather your pup allow you to handle it because it trusts you, or allow you to handle it because it's afraid not to?

You technically get the same result in the end, but for a totally different reason.

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