Dogs need to get along...

by Christin

My brother recently moved in with his sharpae shepard mix and i have a yellow lab and a mini schnauzer. He is taking over the house and has bitten my dogs. How do we let him know he is the visitor and in their house?

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May 29, 2013
Multiple Dogs
by: Anonymous

First, they need to be crated separately.

Second, you need to start with the Nothing In Life Is Free program.

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

You will also need to learn how to correct the instigator-- and how to make your corrections meaningful. (Adam's book is excellent for this, too).

In a nutshell, it comes down to respect. If your dogs respect you-- you can tell them, "No!" and your correction will have meaning. If they don't respect you, then it doesn't matter what you say or do. You gain their respect through obedience training, learning how to administer a motivational correction and by adopting a "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach in your household.

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