The recent surge in "rehabilitating" dogs is resulting in some pretty big fallout. I'm seeing too many of our dogs being damaged and becoming aggressive and fearful.
Dogs have lived with us for tens of thousands of years; we've designed them to be a part of our family!
Here's the secret...... They know we're not dogs and when we try to act like a dog, by eating first or alpha rolling them or biting them back (??), we just look kinda dumb. We don't need to eat first, or go out the door first or keep them off our furniture, to be "Alpha". We need to be strong and fair, consistent, and smart and leave room for loving.
I am a firm believer that we learn from mistakes and no matter how well we know the rules, sometimes we test them, because we can (think speeding, that left turn across traffic that could have gone bad, waiting just one more day on that milk in the fridge...). It's not just human nature, it's nature. When we test a rule, it doesn't mean we're trying to become the leader of the free world or even the leader of our community. It just means that we tested a rule; we'll either get rewarded or corrected for it.
Dogs are man's best friend only if we let them be. If we're always thinking they'retrying to get one over on us, that's not much of a friendship, is it? Dogs are just dogs. They are who they are and they're really pretty simple.