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We never once thought that she was trying to become Alpha. Why would I assume that of my dogs?

There seems to be some school of thought that any time the dog thinks for itself, asks for something, or behaves independently he's trying to assert dominance. I've never heard anyone say that when the dog is asking to go out to pee he's asserting dominance, come to think of it.
Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

The federal revenue lost this year alone because of the Bush tax cuts is $225 billion.
There seems to be some school of thought that any time the dog thinks for itself, asks for something, or ... say that when the dog is asking to go out to pee he's asserting dominance, come to think of it.

Spenser has a practice of flying through the newspaper into your lap if you're reading it rather than paying attention to him. Does this make him demanding? Yes. Does it make him dominant? No. And I'm pretty sure he's clear on that point also.
I happen to LIKE dogs with brains. Dogs that think for themselves and figure out ways to get what they want. I love to see the thought processes. Both of our dogs are fairly good at making their needs and wants known. We laugh and celebrate that part of their personalities. It's still up to us to give it to them or not.
~~Judy
We never once thought that she was trying to become Alpha. Why would I assume that of my dogs?

There seems to be some school of thought that any time the dog thinks for itself, asks for something, or ... say that when the dog is asking to go out to pee he's asserting dominance, come to think of it.

Good point. I want my dogs to think for themselves. And I certainly want them to feel free to come to me for affection whenever they want. If, at that moment, it's not convenient for me I'll tell them to lay off. But for the most part, I consider it a lovely moment when my dogs come and lay their head in my lap, asking for attention.
Spenser has a practice of flying through the newspaper into your lap if you're reading it rather than paying attention to him.

After I typed this, I got thinking - laughing about this is definitely a small dog thing! Can you imagine one of Melinda's dogs doing the same thing?
Although I wouldn't put it past most boxers I've known! And at least a few of the Dobes!
~~Judy
After I typed this, I got thinking - laughing about this is definitely a small dog thing! Can you imagine one of Melinda's dogs doing the same thing?

Yes! Fortunately neither of the boys do it, but Crow and Eclipse in particular seem loathe to acknowledge impediments between them and my lap.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

The federal revenue lost this year alone because of the Bush tax cuts is $225 billion.
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There seems to be some school of thought that any ... to pee he's asserting dominance, come to think of it.

Spenser has a practice of flying through the newspaper into your lap if you're reading it rather than paying attention ... don't. Having a dog touch me, bump me, nudge me, and definitely NOT flying into my lap is NOT acceptable.

I guess that's what I have against cats. They impose themselves into my space.
I consent that many people are not as space conscious as I am. And that's why such varied breeds and acceptances exist. But i don't care what breed it is, it would not live in my house if it couldn't be trained to ask properly for attention. I don't mind that a dog asks, as long as they do it properly. They don't seem to mind when I ask for their attention either. But imposing myself on them with toenail clippers in hand is usually frowned upon.
That's exactly my point. Dogs have a greater ability to deal with ambiguity than a lot of people give them credit for - especially those who are spending too much time studying learning theory and not enough time studying the dog.

got it!

shelly
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After I typed this, I got thinking - laughing about this is definitely a small dog thing! Can you imagine one of Melinda's dogs doing the same thing?

Pan hates it if I open up the newspaper and hold it in front of me so that she can't see my face. Knowing her, she probably thinks that I'm going to vanish on her. She'll come over and try to poke her way through the paper, and then go around the corners. It usually turns into a game, with me trying to hide from her, and her trying her darndest to get around the paper.
No paws allowed, BTW. That'd be cheating.
Suja
Spenser has a practice of flying through the newspaper into your lap if you're reading it rather than paying attention to him.

After I typed this, I got thinking - laughing about this is definitely a small dog thing! Can you imagine ... same thing? Although I wouldn't put it past most boxers I've known! And at least a few of the Dobes!

harriet says she resembles that.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com /
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