It’s a common belief that all dogs will try to be dominant in the presence of other dogs. Because of this some dog owners shy away from taking their dog with them for a walk in the park. Fearing that a dog fight will ensue they choose instead to keep their dog at home when they leave the house.
A little understanding of the truth about dog behavior and the nature of dogs in general will help to ease any fears about this. Then you can start taking Fido along with you and enjoy a leisurely stroll together. If you establish yourself as the dominant one you can better control your dogs behavior, even when other dogs are around.
Perhaps you have observed a group of dogs at play. During a social encounter of all-male, or mixed-gender dogs, one of them always establishes himself as the Alpha Male. It is always a male dog that takes this position of leadership. The Alpha Male will insist on submission from the other dogs. This is not a despotic position though because he will also look after and protect the lesser ones. There is rarely a fight about this. Some dogs are naturally submissive and fall right into their place within the pack.
Taking this into consideration you’ll want to establish yourself as the Alpha Male in your dogs mind. Even a woman or a child can accomplish this. You can insist on submission and obedience. Your dog will gladly comply without much fuss if he’s received the proper training.
Here are a few pointers to help you with dominance training.
When feeding your dog he must sit and wait for you to give him permission to approach the bowl.
When you both are walking through a doorway, make sure that you go first. He must always wait for you to go first. It’s unacceptable for him to shove past you.
When you walk together he must remain at your side. It may be funny in a cartoon for a dog to lead his master around while on a leash, but It’s nothing that you want to allow.
If your dog ignores your command to come at your command then you need to change that behavior right away. Walk sternly toward him and surround him with an air of dominance. You can force him to obey by lowering your voice, pointing toward where you want him to go, and blocking him from escape. If your dog is submissive toward you then he will comply without confrontation.
Once you’ve established yourself as the leader during dominance training you can better control your dog in the presence of other dogs. It’s certainly ok to allow your dog to interact in a non-aggressive way socially. You can let the dogs get to know each other in the unique way that dogs do. Then should the other dog misbehave you can easily remove your dog from the situation with the peace of mind that you are ultimately the one in control.