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Why carrying your dog is a deal breaker

I see it all too often. Person picks their dog up and carries them around. The problem is that when we do this, we are sending a message to our dog that they are entitled or on our level. This can lead to dog behavior problems. To establish Dominant (Leader) and Submissive (follower) it is one of the behavioral messages we don't want to send. I often see owners at the dog park picking up their dogs at the "first sign" of trouble. Instead of monitoring it to teach the dog to use it's behavioral signals (communication) to deal with the problem, or allow for another dog to correct the dominating one. In addition, raising the dog doesn't allow it's owner to correct the other dog verbally or hands on if necessary. Unfortunately picking up our dog teaches them to wait for "their rescue" which doesn't allow them to learn to resolve conflict nor learn impulse control. Also, when a dog is brought to that higher level, some dogs take "offense" to the exalted position and then work to correct the raised dog. The owner then responds with hysterics and the entire situation escalates into hysteria. Likewise, if you decide to invite your dog onto your lap it's on your terms. It is a directive. It should be followed. Yet if dog just jumps onto our lap and we continue to reinforce it by, first allowing it, and second petting her, we create an expectation that spirals into a repetitive, conditioned behavior. Remember this simple rule: Four on the floor and you will have a better behaved dog that better understands its expectations.

2 Comments to Why carrying your dog is a deal breaker:

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kaxim on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:11 PM
Great work appreciated
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John rhthd on Friday, April 27, 2018 9:53 AM
wow! good Blog.
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