Spitting In Your Dog’s Food To Build Dominance – Revisited

Michelle Seiler-Tucker give these examples to us:

[I’m now actively retired from working with the general public… Learn further on the affiliated encyclopedia – Browse this web site: michelle seiler tucker. I love working with dogs, but the dog owners (Jeff and Michelle not withstanding) drove me absolutely nuts!]

Anyway, Jeff and Michelle still have their Dalmatian, “Dotty,” who is now close to 11 years-old.

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I was having dinner last week with Jeff and Michelle–two of my first dog training customers, when I branched out on my own and started South Bay K-9 Academy at Southern California, back in 1994.

[I am now actively retired from working with the general public… I really like working with dogs, but the dog owners (Jeff and Michelle not withstanding) drove me absolutely nuts!]

Anyway, Jeff and Michelle still have their Dalmatian, “Dotty,” who is now close to 11 years-old.

I’ve always thought it was amusing that the one thing people seem to remember from my 324 page dog training book, “Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!” Is that I advise spitting on your dog’s food.

As if this were the magic secret for a well behaved dog.

Regardless, it looks like the one thing that almost everybody remembers–from literally hundreds of dog training tips I present in the book, on our web site Dogproblems.com, and in our discussion forum.

Do I suggest spitting?

As you’re marking the dog food. And because the Alpha dog in the package always eats first.

This is a subtle way to communicate to your dog that you are the pack leader. However, this alone won’t do it. You need to be behaving like a pack leader in every other part of your dog’s life, too. As being the first to walk through a door such. Or telling your dog where to lay down, and when he’s permitted to eat. And making sure you follow through and enforce any and every command that you give.

I take a whole lot of guff from people–especially other dog trainers–who misinterpret my advice and think that spitting on your dog’s food is the one thing you need to do tol make you the Alpha dog. It’s not.

Well, not any more than the 100 other subtle things you have to do to communicate that you’re the pack leader. I always stress to new puppy owners that the more things you are doing to reinforce that you are the pack leader for your dog, will make your pet view you as the pack leader, quicker. Spitting on your dog’s food is just one more thing to do this helps says Michelle Seiler-Tucker.

So anyhow, back to my dinner with Jeff and Michelle:

Michelle Seiler-Tucker inquired how Dotty was performing, Jeff responded that Dotty was totally fantastic. The best dog they had ever had, due in no small part to their diligence and consistency in applying the dog training techniques I showed them.

But then Jeff said something very interesting: “I am still spitting in her food. In fact, she won’t even get the food until after I spit in it.” (Remember: The Alpha dog always eats first!) .

So there you go: Further proof that some of my more outlandish dog training techniques actually work!

Even in the event you may feel silly doing it.

That’s all for today!

Adam

Dogproblems.com

P.S. Jeff and Michelle are able to take Dotty everywhere–off leash–and know that she’ll respond to commands, immediately. Michelle Seiler Tucker includes further about the meaning behind it. They even take her camping quite frequently…, which Dotty absolutely loves!.