Handling Dominance and Submission From Your Dog – Dallas Dog Trainer Blog

The words “dominant” and “submissive” are thrown around a lot when describing a dog’s personality. Certainly other adjectives like, “friendly”, “loyal”, “active” or “silly” are used to describe dogs, but often times people go back to the dominance/submission spectrum, usually placing their dog on one end or right in the middle.

Dallas Dog Trainer Blog - Dominance vs. SubmissionDominance tends to have negative connotations, but every dog has the will to dominate, just ask our friend and colleague a dog trainer in Boston . Every dog is different and some may be more willful, while others more compliant. The dog’s will to dominate is not something that should be stripped away from the dog, because that is nature and part of being a dog. Without that willpower, the dog loses their emotive personality and becomes more mechanical, almost like a robot.

Some dogs take their dominance or submission to extremes, and usually that can lead to some behavior problems. Extreme dominance can lead to lack of obedience, aggression, and a poor relationship with people (including the owner, in some cases) and dogs. Extreme submission can also lead to anxiety-driven habits, such as fearful urination, poor socialization skills, and overall a nervous personality.

Whether your dog is more dominant or submissive, training can show them how to thrive yet still keep their spirit intact. Being dominant or submissive aren’t negative things, nor do these traits make your dog bad or broken. It’s who they are and their dominance or submission can be something positive for your dog and for you. Training them how to stay calm and understand boundaries can give them confidence and give owners control. Whether your dog is dominant or submissive, all they need is direction from a leader. Training helps owners be consistent leaders and gives dogs the opportunity to succeed more than fail.

If your dog is taking their dominance or submission to inappropriate or detrimental levels, we can help! No dog is too much for us, and we can give your dog the behavioral balance they need! Call us at 800-649-7297!