Puppy Training. Dominance and Leadership

Puppy Behavior. Signs of Dog Dominance


Very often dog owners complain at dog blogs that they see the signs of dominance with their puppies. But a puppy is not an adult dog. A 2-3 months old puppy is simply unable to understand all the rules of correct dog behavior. Usually this is the age for start of training. If a puppy crawls into your bed, it is not a sign its dominance. It just seeks for a comfortable place without any claims for leadership. If your pet is begging for a treat while you have dinner it is also not a sign of dominance over you. If a puppy runs in front of you it means that it is full of energy and interest.
Any classic sign of dominance of an adult dog is not to be applied to a puppy.


Husky Puppies


May we talk of puppy dominance at all? A puppy cannot be dominant. It may be apt to it. Thus, while having definite inborn features, plus your promotion of such behavior, a puppy may raise a dominant dog. In the further articles we will tell how to manage adult dog dominance and avoid it with your pet.
But what are inborn aptness to dominant behavior of a dog? Signs that show high potential of dominance of your puppy are:


  • strong nervous system
  • high level of puppy's sociability
  • steady nervous system
  • high level of mobility of nervous system
Husky Puppy



As you can see, the features that any dog owner would like his puppy to have are also the signs of possible dog dominance. So, aptness for leadership is a normal dog behavior. That's why if you have a strong, active, sociable puppy, that calmly reacts many irritants, be attentive. But one should react to classic signs of dog dominance starting from 6 month age of a puppy. You are welcome to get these and other dog harnesses for your puppies and big dogs at our store - shop now.