If it's not dominance, what explains the challenges we face when raising and training our dogs? What makes our dogs rush out the door ahead of us? What makes them ignore our cues for something more interesting? What makes them demand our food or attention? What makes them guard and defend their food or favourite toy?
Like every living thing on our planet, people included, it comes down to resources but more specifically – the survival instinct to control them. This instinct spans the entire animal kingdom and dogs are no different because: resources = life. A dog that’s able to control valued resources such as: food, water and shelter is more likely to survive should the need arise, than one that is not. When a dog’s guardian controls everything, he or she is the most valued resource of all, which explains why some dogs try to control their humans. These challenges are not about dominance – they’re about resource control. So if you can control the resources, you can control the dog – it’s that simple.
Copyright © February 1, 2018 - Greg Ceci * Norma Jeanne Laurette, CCS - Canine Correspondence Studies, ACTT - Applied Canine Therapy & Training