Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Central Nebraska
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Help with my Alpha...
As most of you are aware, we added the 2nd dog (Copper) in March. Miley has clearly established her role as the alpha. My problem is I don't know when I should interfere. When I feed them, Copper sits back and waits til she's done (which could take forever). This behavior is fairly new. Copper used to chow down his food immediately and would take hers if I didn't separate them. Now he won't even touch it til she's done. Not a big deal I guess, as I know this is how it should work in "dog world". But we had to go back to square one with poddy training, and I would give them treats in the yard after they went. Well, she would get very jealous if he would get a treat for going poddy. Now he won't go poddy for me in the yard. He just looks at me, and looks at her like "she'll kick my butt if I take that treat". I tried this morning taking them out separately...no luck. I know he knows what I'm doing, cause he would go on demand for a day or 2. Until Miss Alpha got mad at him for taking treats. What do I do???
Renee, Miley, & Copper too!
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