Does it serve as a signal of submission?
Or is it a combat maneuver adopted as part of an ongoing play sequence?
An new study titled "Down but not out: Supine postures as facilitators of play in domestic dogs" beautifully addresses this issue.
The study used video taped data of dogs playing to access the reason for rolling over during play. The study found the size of dog and differences in sizes had no effect on the tendency to rollover and that most roll were defensive in nature ( to avoid a bite to the nape of the neck) or offensive (in preparation to launching an attack). None of the video record play session show a dog behaving submissively during a roll.
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Guess loves working to get that berry out.
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1. What aspect of my dog's behavior makes it so my dog does not fulfill the role of a companion ( a dog that provides the owner with company, an opportunity for the high degree of physical contact we crave, fun).
2. What training exercise will help me change my dog's behavior.
3. When am I going to work on these behaviors
4. Who is going to help me get this done.
I am hear to help you! Let me know if you have any questions on making your dog the companion you want to have.
I just finish 3 weeks of training Chloe for her owner Norma. She was such a sweet delight to work with. One of Norma's biggest concerns was Pulling on Leash. This is a big concern for everyone. Watch this video at http://www.humanedogtraining.com/videos.php for tips to help you have safe, more pleasant walks with your dog.
During my long weekend I went jogging twice. It is not uncommon we run into loose dogs on our jogs but this time it was a bit different. There was another couple out and they had 3 dogs with them. Each time we passed (3 times) they called their dogs to them and had their dogs sit. Their dogs were beautifully behaved.
What impressed me the most was not the behavior of the dogs. It was the respect the owners show us and the consistency they displayed with their dogs. So each time we passed I either thanked them or complimented them on their dog's behavior.
Now I must say, these people were using methods that I can never endorse but they were respectful to not let their dogs interfere with our jog and consistent with what they expected from their dogs. A lack of consistency is a critical reason many people are not successful with their training.
Dogs need to know the hard fast rules of what is expected and whether the behavior will be to its advantage or not. Without consistent feedback for both desirable and undesirable behavior and a clear picture of what is expected, training will fail.
So even though I do not agree with how this couple trained their dog I have a great appreciation for the respect show to us and their dog through consistency of their actions.
I started training dogs in 1974. In 1987, a local veterinarian suggested the community would benefit from classes geared towards the average pet owner addressing their real-life issues. That was the beginning of The Well-Mannered Dog, LLC, located in Eugene, Oregon.
Certified Pet Dog Trainer
Until recently, consumers did not have an effective way of evaluating a trainers ability. That changed through the organization of The Certification Counsel For Professional Dog Trainers. The certification Counsel For Professional Dog trainers provides testing and certification for trainers to ensure the consumer is receiving training from a qualified professional. All classes offered through The Well-Mannered Dog are taught by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who has been tested through a nationally recognized dog training organization. The test examines knowledge of pet dog training, learning theory, and handling behavior problems.
I place a high priority on getting to know each client so I can respect each dog and owner as individuals with unique thoughts, values and experiences. I strive to provide dogs and owners with an environment that is friendly, respectful, fun and embraces individuality in order to enhance each owners learning experience.
I use dynamic, humane methods that employ the use of operant conditioning, classical conditioning and relationship enhancement education. Owners learn how to motivate your dog using treats, play, social, and environmental rewards instead of constantly correcting it. These programs prohibit techniques that cause pain or fear for the dogs (no choke chains, pinch or shock collars). Many of the training exercises are in the form of games to make training fun. Although owners learn how to train their dog using positive methods, they also learn how to set effective limits and how to humanely change rude behavior.
It is very important that owners enroll in class that will meet their needs and that they are willing to take advice give by an instructor. To ensure compatibility visit a class before you enroll just be sure to leave your dog at home when you visit.
Certified Pet Dog Trainer (2002 to present)
Association Of Pet Dog Trainers (1998-present)
Certification Counsel For Pet Dog Trainers (2002 to present)