If your dog is too dominant - particularly around other dogs, then it is important that you are able to quickly get that behaviour under control.
Failing to establish good habits early on can have potentially negative consequences both for you and your pooch.
The trouble is, dominant dogs can often seem difficult or stubborn, and thus very difficult to train. However, with a little understanding about what causes dominance and how to bring it under control.
Dominance often comes about as a result of a dog wanting to do whatever it chooses - it is not usually the same as aggression.
You also want to ensure that you recognise the signs of dominance when it comes up.
These can include things such as marking their territory, disobeying simple commands, and chewing objects.
As soon as these traits are noticed, you should then take steps to correct that behaviour.
The first step is by establishing clear boundaries, and ensuring that you remain firm with your dogs.
Without being mean or aggressive, you should give strong, clear demands. These must be repeated until the dog submits.
It is also a good idea to take your dog along to an experienced trainer, if you do not have the time or ability to train it properly.
However, even things such as making your dog wait before dinner time, and not allowing it to push past you, can help to establish clear expectations and habits.
Dominant dogs like to be the first to eat their meals, and will often be impatient, but by being very firm with it from the outset, you can prevent its behaviour from spiralling out of control.
Essentially, it is about introducing proper discipline and establishing good habits earlier on, to prevent the issue from becoming worse later on down the line.
The younger your dog is when you train it, the easier it will be to control when it is older and bigger.
Written by: Hannah