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Looking to learn and grow...

Postby abuna002 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:20 pm

Hi Everyone,

My name is Adam and I just adopted an 8 month old pit bull mix. I am actually going to pick him up from the shelter today. I am filled with excitement and fear at the same time. I am very excited, but I also understand I need to make sure he knows that I am the alpha dog. This is the first dog I have adopted. I have spent the past week learning proper obedience and feeding. I want to make sure I provide him a good home and a lot of love. He is very calm for a puppy and I cannot wait to grow with him. I want to make sure he is sociable. If anyone has any advice to make sure he is well trained and obedient, I would greatly appreciate it.

Adam
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Re: Looking to learn and grow...

Postby Stormi » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:51 pm

Here's a few of links that may be of interest to you. You don't have to be the "alpha dog" because, well, you're not a dog. Think of your new pup as your partner, not you're subordinate.

http://www.kathysdao.com/articles/Forge ... _Pack.html
http://drsophiayin.com/philosophy/dominance/
http://4pawsu.com/pmdominance.htm
http://companionanimalsolutions.com/blo ... to-owners/
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Re: Looking to learn and grow...

Postby jamielvsaustin » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:56 pm

Hi Adam and :welcome:
The "alpha" theory is an old one, and one that causes more trouble than it's worth. Here are some links that you might be interested in.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/14_12/features/Alpha_20415-1.html
http://drsophiayin.com/philosophy/dominance/
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-puppy-my-self/201007/corens-turnaround-how-the-pack-leader-model-dog-training-is-flawed


We have a "Dog Book-Review" section that you might be interested in as well. Patricia B. McConnell has a lot of really great books that are recommended often.


Good luck! Be sure to share pictures.
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Re: Looking to learn and grow...

Postby spammie » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:19 pm

Hi Adam and welcome to PBF. This is a great place to learn how to become a responsible owner of a wonderful breed. Please read the above links and post any questions or concerns you may have. We have some very knowledgeable behaviorists and trainers here.
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