Domination behavior in dogs: How is it expressed?

Domination behavior in dogs, for example, can show itself over other dogs or humans. With certain gestures, the four-legged friend makes it clear that he wants to rank higher in rank order than the other living being.

When dogs make up the hierarchy, it is necessary that one of them be more dominant. Dominant behavior gestures are not only normal in many situations, they are inevitable. A tendency to strong, unwanted dominance behavior, no matter whether human, animal, or both opposite, but can also occur. This can be innate, for example, resulting from bad education, socialization or wrong attitude. Also, an owner who lets his four-legged go through everything can be the reason that a dog tends to behavioral problems, in which he shows that he does not want to submit. This is how a dominant behavior can be expressed:

Dominance behavior towards humans

If the dog sees a person as lower ranked, it can lead to different behaviors. For one thing, most likely he will not listen to him. He could be disobedient, intrusive or even aggressive towards him. Growling when the biped comes close to his food bowl is also not uncommon.

Whether it is the behavioral problems of a dominance problem, a general education problem or possibly the consequences of a physical suffering, should always be discussed with a competent dog trainer or a veterinarian, because not always the distinction is easy.

Dominance over other dogs

A senior dog usually has the lead when it comes to choosing the favorite toy, favorite place or the best place on the food bowl. This is quite normal and who is the superior, must at the latest in the attitude of several dogs in each case be identified among the dogs, before it is then usually fixed once and for all.

During a walk it is rather rare that the ranking among dogs is clarified. However, there are also four-legged friends who constantly provoke strange species. This can, but does not have to be dominance behavior.

If the four-legged friend is very keen on letting the boss hang out noticeably, for example, because he belongs to a leaning dog breed like the Weimaraner, then you should be a little bit careful during the walk, if there is no dispute about a toy or similar with other dogs first arise. Even in such a case, a dog trainer should be consulted.

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