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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

8/8/2013 3:58:53 AM

I think my fingers are faster then my mind that should be posts.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

8/8/2013 3:58:03 AM

Interesting article and posted!

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karen   walnut creek, CA

5/5/2010 4:11:52 PM

It's not training the dog that is difficult, it's training the owner who refuses to put in the time and effort to understand their animal companion and to be consistant and patient. My "rescue" dog that's been part of our household for less than 2 years, exhibited all forms of "unacceptable" behavior when I brought her home from the pound. She is now one of the most well adjusted, contented and well mannered dogs around. When asked "how did you ever get her to behave so politely"? I usually answer that did the homework to be able to understand her and that I give her a lot of respect and consistant boundries, and she returns that respect and good behavior. My answer is often met with a blank stare.....and then I notice that the children of the person inquiring are either talking on a cell phone at the table or madly running around the restaurant and disturbing everyone around
them...........

It's not necessary to pretend to eat dog food. You just always eat your dinner and let the dog wait to be feed until you are finished.


Never yell at a dog...it will only confuse the animal and will not prevent the behavior. Always reward positive behavior, immediately. My dog no longer barks or whines, unless someone comes up to our door. When she barks, I go to her and tell her what I good job she's done, thank her, reassure her we are safe, and allow her to be quiet. After all....protecting her home and family is HER JOB.

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Regina   New York, NY

5/5/2010 1:05:31 PM

Stupid article, no substance. The dumbest line was "simply teach your dog that when he wants something -- anything -- he needs to ask you for it politely". How about giving concrete examples of going thru doors first, making the dog earn everything he gets - food, treats, toys by executing a command first. Practice each night by making him sit first before you feed him dinner.

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Sheila   Oregon, City, OR

5/5/2010 12:28:31 PM

One way to tell your Dog that your the boss, When it is feeding time, before you give them there food, act as if you are eating some of the food. Than give the dog there food.

This lets them know (you first), than the dog.

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Mary   Phoenix, AZ

5/5/2010 12:06:44 PM

I agree with Harriet and B. This article DOES NOT answer their initial question of HOW we become pack leaders of our own dogs nor does it give any suggestions of how to do so. Disappointing.

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Harriett   Clermont, FL

4/28/2010 6:56:44 AM

I agree with Rhonda and B.. This does make much more sense than the pack leader concept but the HOW is missing from this article.

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Rhonda   New Port Richey, FL

3/5/2010 8:09:31 AM

This makes MUCH more sense to me.

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B.   Orchard Park, NY

3/1/2010 7:12:51 PM

Well, HOW to "train your dog to ask politely" seems to be missing from this article.

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terry   st. martinville, LA

3/1/2010 1:13:42 PM

by nature the alpha dog in the human family is the male inthe family. i use to train dogs in the military and have had serveral which my wife has taken care of, feed, wash and being home all day with them. but they listern to me and try to get between us when i am home.

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brenda   bangor, PA

10/24/2009 4:44:37 PM

I agree with the the pack leader theory. Iam not a dog and shes doesnt see me as one. I just need to get her to listen to me and stop barking all the time and jumping up on everyone she meets..

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