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Old 12-03-2012, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 8 month old Opie is turning out to be a great dog, as I hoped he would.

I wonder though, when I m sitting on the couch with him, sometimes he kinda stands over me and licks my face.

I thought affection, but a friend suggested it might be dominance.
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I know my older female wil stand over our baby as a way of showing dominance.
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Dogs lick at other dogs' mouths for food and to show subordination. However standing over you could be dominance. Or, he just likes what you've just had to eat!
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He is claiming you as his. My guys will also do this, I usually tell them to get off of me and then give them loving from the side or I pull them onto my lap and snuggle them like a baby.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the feed back!

I guess theres no doubt, 2many', who's boss when you flipp 'em into a cradling the baby type position?

I'll give this a try. This way im not unresponsive or rejecting, but at the same time reminding him who's the puppy meister!
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Thats exactly how I see it. You want loving which you can have but in the way I want.

Nothing more submissive than being on their back.
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Thanks for the feed back!

I guess theres no doubt, 2many', who's boss when you flipp 'em into a cradling the baby type position?

I'll give this a try. This way im not unresponsive or rejecting, but at the same time reminding him who's the puppy meister!
I really wouldn't start trying the whole alpha roll thing. I promise you it won't do anything.


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I dont do the Alpha roll but I am the boss in my house. All my dogs cuddle on a daily basis in that newborn position. It is never forced on them, they love being held like babies.
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Duke loves it too Kari! He doesn't struggle at all to get out of that position! hehe
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I dont do the Alpha roll but I am the boss in my house. All my dogs cuddle on a daily basis in that newborn position. It is never forced on them, they love being held like babies.
Ok, yeah this i agree with. I do think the human needs to be the boss. Especially if you have six dogs. I would never force it though. Thanks for clearing that part up.


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