Just wondering here. I have kind of taken the role of alpha dog with our new puppy, I was wondering if it is possible for the puppy to accept more than one alpha personality within our household? Basically wondering if I am the alpha dog and she listens to me well, can I expect her to still listen well to say my wife or two young sons? I am really concerned that she obey them most of all as she will soon get big and be able to overpower them...any thoughts?
Thanks for your time!
She is simply put, a fantastic little puppy!
the answer is yes.
if you teach and train your dog, your dog will offer desirable, good behaviors consistantly for all members of the household. first, you must teach and help your dog understand which behaviors are desirable by rewarding the kinds of behaviors you want to instill and have repeated on cue or by habit.
also, these articles may be helpful:
Dog Psychology 101
How Dogs Learn
Everyday Training to Avoid Problem Behaviors
Getting your Dog's Attention
Beyond the Dominance Paradigm
The History and Misconceptions of Dominance Theory
The Macho Myth
Letting go of the Dominance Paradigm
Should We Dominate Our Dogs, Or Lead Them?
"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend." ~ Corey Ford