Anyone here have an Alpha male GSD? I would like to know about living with one, whats the big difference, how to act, I know its different from a regular dog, any pointers or reading material?
AMEN!! We rescued a dominant dog (GSD/Pit/whatever mix) from the local humane society. We didn't know he was sick (giardia/coccidia) when we brought him home and after a few weeks of rehab, our sweet guy emerged as a monster! Took us totally off guard - but the big wake-up call came when I had him out in our back field on a long line early one morning - in the dark - alone - and he came out of nowhere and body slammed me so hard it knocked me down and I spent the next three weeks in a brace to heal a badly sprained knee.Originally Posted By: Brightelf
3.Find a trainer who works extensively with protection breeds such as Rotweilers, GSDs, etc... a clicker training class full of Labs and Goldens and Cockers that is "purely pawsitive" may be more harmful than helpful for you.
That is too funny!Originally Posted By: SunCzarinaMartie - how weird is this? My dominant boy was Luther. My new puppy is Otto - he's pretty dominant too for not even 3 months.
They are out there, but they are very, very rare. Maedchen is completely correct when she says that the vast majority of what people interpret as dominance issues really aren't.Originally Posted By: BrightelfDogs with towering dominance agendas are out there.
Well I don't have him yet, but when we did our phone interview the rescue foster told me STRESSED to me he was an alpha, and would I be able to handle him?? Truth be told, she has me worked up and nervous that I won't make the impression on her or the dog and after 6 hours round trip driving I won't be coming home with my dream dog. I am worried and was hoping to find some info or pointers, on what I should/shouldn't do....I have had a dominent female, STUBBORN but never an Alpha. SO I guess I won't know till I get there if she or the dog likes me enough. can handle him. I personally think I can but I am still nervous. Here is his link....I am going next weekend if their back from vacation...Originally Posted By: MaedchenWhat exactly makes you believe you have an alpha dog?
So many people claim dogs to be alpha and dominant, while the true reason of (supposed) conflict is misunderstanding, bad communication and wrong interpretation.