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"When you have a dog with dominance or aggression, a pack leader has to confront them at their highest level of dominance or aggression."    Cesar Millan


Dog Aggression

... is not a core problem, but an outcome of usually three to 4 issues. One of these can include unchecked dominance. If you have a dominant dog, it is your job as owner to assert calm leadership and clearly set the rules and boundaries of respect for you, other people, and all other dogs. Your dog needs to learn to take the cues from you as his leader on how to reliably behave in all situations.


We help you with perfect timing for disagreeing with your dog's forming thoughts. This is mandatory as compared to having to physically battle a dog later after aggressive primal instincts kick in.

Dog Dominance with Other Dogs

Include the same signs of dominance with people plus:

  • Direct intense eye contact
  • Paw placed on back of another
  • Head planted on top of other's back
  • Mounting/physically pouncing on
  • Body slamming
  • Growling, posturing
  • Nipping and biting
  • Pinning down another

Combining Multiple Dominant Dogs - especially same sex - predictably results in fights for top dog when humans do not provide leadership.

You as the calm assertive leader must treat your dogs equally and set behavior rules and boundaries requiring respect between your dogs. Please enlist our professional help!​​​​

Dog Dominance with People

Re-Claim Spaces, Places and People that Your Dog Now "Owns"
When dogs grab power and self-promote themselves from the mail room to the CEO suite, the home pack hierarchy gets turned upside down.​

Signs of Dominance in the Animal World


Nose to your body, pawing at you, sitting on top of you, jumping on you.

Moves at you to back you up, even lunges at you or other people.

Being pawed by or jumped on by a dog is not affection but disrespectful dominance. A dominant dog may also growl at any human who is giving affection to "his human."

Require a foot or two of respectful space for family members, at least 3 to 5 feet of space for guests. Block dog from lunging, nipping or biting your family and guests both head-on as well as nipping from behind.


Is in front of you on the walk, when going down stairs and proceeding through doors or gates. Sits on top of you instead of beside or below you.

Take the lead/front position on the walk. Dog's nose is not allowed to progress ahead of your knee, and Fido is responsible for keeping slack in the lead.  Always be in front going through any narrow space.  Never let dog lay on top of you, or even lay his paw or head on top of your body.


Jumps on furniture to get level eye contact if challenged or to send a message to authority about who's in charge. Sleeping on the bed with you means he owns you. Any other human who joins in can become a rival.

In the wild, the canine pack leader will ascend a knoll to survey and strategize the pack's territory. "Where will we hunt? What intruders do we need to eradicate? Where will we drink and rest?" The followers respectfully remain below, with any ascender directly challenging the alpha for pack leadership.

Rule for this dog:  keep four-on-the-floor at all times. Give your girl or boy his own "lazyboy chair" ("place"/dog bed) in the family's den circle.


Your dominant dog most assuredly loves and trusts you, but does not necessarily respect you.  He/she will go with the flow 99% of the time when it doesn't matter, but when there is skin in the game, his desires reign.

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