[lit-ideas] Re: Can't have a gun? Get a dog

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 22:05:46 -0700

What straw man?  I made a statement that I think all dog trainers will agree
with despite Andreas list; which doesn't support his thesis as far as I can
tell.  You must show a dominant dog that you are the alpha or he will be the
alpha.  If anyone sees a negative implications in this then they put them
there.  This is a simple fact - not a straw man.


One of the best ways to show a dominant dog that you are boss is to take him
on a lot of walks.  He wants to go.  You have the leash and can tell him to
stop at the corner, to go left rather than right, to take that junk out of
his mouth, etc.


To Mike:  Feeding a dog won't do it.  Taking a dog's dish away from him
while he is eating, however, will be one way to show your dominance.  If he
growls and keeps you from taking his dish, then he is dominant.






-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Robert Paul
Sent: Friday, June 02, 2006 9:43 PM
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Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Can't have a gun? Get a dog


David Ritchie wrote:


> But Lawrence is, I think generally right; dogs who want to lead the pack 

> will challenge until they either win, or figure out who really ought to 

> lead the pack.  Less ambitious dogs have different understandings of the 

> world and should be trained differently.


Again, no one is questioning that dogs will (well, a lot of dogs will) 

keep challenging you until you arrive at a modus vivendi; and some will 

keep trying it on until old age or boredom sets in. I don't know how 

this discussion became one in which it's being argued that Lawrence is 

right and the straw man is wrong.


Robert Paul

feet resting on a sleeping Terrier

somewhere south of Reed College

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