Dealing With A Pushy Dog

Dogs can become pushy when they don’t see a stable social structure in the household hierarchy. They should have a strong alpha leader to look up to and undergo proper obedience training so they will have a common language to communicate in. Being trained to follow certain commands will enable pet owners to have a tight rein on their pet’s behavior in specific situations. A dominant alpha leader should be consistent in exerting his dominance. Some common ways to assert dominance include eating first before your pooch, letting your pet stay by your side while going on leash walks, or being the first to enter or exit doors. Feeding your pet dog after all the human members of the pack have finished eating can serve as a gentle reminder to your pooch regarding his rank in the social hierarchy of the pack. 

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