|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 6:18pm PST |
|The other day Gus was having one of her fast perimeter runs around the park when another female dog took exception and went way out of her (as in Gus wasn't near her) way to chase her down and chomp at her butt with angry snarking--like "we'll have none of that, Missy!"
Gus turned and snarked back at the rudeness.
The other dog's owner said, "oh good, I'm glad she (meaning Gus) told her off! She (meaning her dog) is a trash talker!"
Later the dog snarked at Golden Doodle more than twice her size--he ran away yelping like a scolded puppy (maybe he was young).
At this point the woman makes the dog lay on her side for a few minutes and tells her to lay back down when she tries to move . . ..
It then hit me that I seem to remember this woman doing this sometime in the past year . . ..
I'm not sure what alpha rolling in this situation would hope to accomplish, but I would think it would only make a dog who is reactive about other dog's commotion or having it's space invaded feel more vulnerable around other dogs.
I asked my instructor what she thought (she's all about "click to calm" and teaches a reactive dog class) . ..
She said not only that but it makes a dog who's feeling insecure not have a trustworthy person to look to ---just when they need to feel like you have their back, instead you're asking them to do something kinda crazy! She said yelling, no, no, no, jerking a leash, or getting worked up, etc. has a similar effect--you're making it seem like there is something to be alarmed about.
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