Mostly out of curiosity, I picked up Cesar's Way... and started to read it. I wanted to see what all the buzz was, and to see if maybe there are a few tips that I can see for myself to help us have a better dog, and have a better life.
While reading this, I found a few things confusing. While the author is describing dominant dogs, he goes in to talk about signs - jumping up on you, overactive energy, and scratching at the door telling you to let them out. He then goes to say, particularly about the jumping, that a dog can be in a "happy" mood, tail wagging, ears back (the general submissive attributes all apparent) and jump up on you. I found this confusing because for a good portion of the read, he makes it sound like 100% of jumping up is all dominance related. Then that one little bit says that they can display submissive features. He then goes right back to saying jumping up isn't acceptable.
The second thing I am wondering about has to do with the same topic. We let our dog sleep in our bed, which would probably drive this guy positively bonkers, and we keep the door closed at night so she doesn't get into trouble while we're asleep. I thought this was keeping her safe from her own devices, but whatever...However, he mentions that allowing the dog to scratch at the door and wake you up, and you getting out of bed to let them up, signals that they are the pack leader and they are the dominant one.
Call me crazy, but...why should I deny a dog being let out because I don't want her to be the dominant one? Do I let her pee on the floor and punish her for that instead? I do realize you wouldn't want an adult do to wake you two times a night because they need to go out, but Porsche is just six months old - still a young dog, and she's been doing really well with not peeing and pooping all over the apartment. It seems like that's a back pedal method.
Maybe I haven't read correctly, or I missed an integral part of the book, but if anyone is interested, I can cite pages and excerpts of where I found this stuff.
I don't want to poo-poo the guy completely. He did shed light on the fact that Porsche doesn't get enough exercise, which is why she'll want to play ridiculously for part of the night.
Maybe I shouldn't read stuff like that...it makes me think I'm totally ruining my dog ;)
everyone's thoughts are appreciated!!