Re: Introducing your newborn baby to your dog
- From: "bizby40" <bizby40@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 21:37:16 -0400
"toypup" <toypup@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Catherine Woodgold" <an588@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
dog. Ways to do this might include having the child
control the dog with a leash; avoiding letting the
dog go up on any furniture (since being higher can
be a symbol of domination), etc. Note that just because
the parents think the child is dominant over the dog
doesn't necessarily mean the dog thinks the same way.
I've seen a small child holding a leash but with
the dog pulling the child around.
That's what our little 6 lb. dog does with DD. Is that a sign of
dominance for the dog, if the dog can pull her around? She loves
having the dog on a leash.
No, pulling is not in and of itself a sign of dominance. Dogs pull
because they are excited and want to explore and run. It may be a
sign of a dog that is not well trained, but honestly, at 6 lbs, it may
not be necessary to train this dog to heel. I mean, sure, if you're
going to enter him in obedience trials, or if you want to get him
reliable off leash, but as a 6 lb dog will never be able to pull away
from you, heeling is optional.
Of course, if he's actually able to pull your daughter around -- that
is, if she can't stop even if she wants to -- you should not let her
be the one holding the leash outside.
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