Heh, not really 🙂
As you guys know by now I don’t buy into the whole ‘dominance theory’ thing…mainly because it has been disproved by science (see this post for linky links with info) but also because I just don’t feel the need to dominate or scare my dogs. We get on perfectly fine as is, thanks!
People who believe in dominance often ‘alpha roll’ their dogs. That is force them onto their sides or back and hold them there, to show they are the boss. Celebrity idiot Ceser Millan is well known for doing this and has even been quoted saying “it’s for the benefit” of the dogs. What a ****.
Anyway, this may surprise some of you, but I alpha roll Kasper all the time! Not for dominance, but for fun! If he’s lying down I’ll go over and flip him onto his side; he either breaks out in play, or enjoys a belly rub…or both 🙂
This is from last night
Obviously I don’t pin him down if he doesn’t want it, but I roll him for several reasons…
- It’s fun! We both enjoy it
- It gets him used to being comfortable on his back and is useful for handling exercises
- We’re constantly working on ways to help Kasper become used to being restrained
- Idiots have actually tried to do this to him, so I want him to be prepared and as comfortable as possible
Kasper also knows play dead, which is another useful way to get him onto his side.
And of course the alpha roll transgressed into play…
We had a mega training session with the dogs today as it was too hot to take Zoey for a walk. We trained for about half an hour total, with lots of play and rough and tumble in between.
Kasper is learning to touch a target with his nose (I’m using a yellow rubber coaster). He’s already picked up that he has to touch it whether it’s down low or up high, but hopefully I can teach him to go touch it when I’ve stuck it to a wall. Then I can teach him to close doors! Fun, fun, fun 🙂
I’m working with Zoey on her staying by my side as I turn in a circle. It’s pretty cool. I didn’t use a lure, she already knows to target my palm so I just used that. I got a video; my favourite thing about it isn’t how well she does, it’s how happy she looks! She’s eager, alert, and trying hard…and look at that easy, relaxed tail wag!
And both pups doing down stays
After training / play is over…they were *so* tired! Kasper was panting 😀
I have also taken possibly the cutest photo of Zoey ever…but you’ll have to wait for my next post for that 😉