Question by Heidi: How to train a dog …and an unwilling dog owner?
My 21 year-old sister insists that her 80-pound dog is obedient, but he is not.

When her dog jumps on people she says it is because the dog senses they are not an “alpha dog” and there is nothing she can do about that. It is 100% everyone else’s problem.

I feel that the dog knows that she (his owner) is not behaving as an “alpha dog,” so the dog feels he needs to defend the home, etc.

1. How to (re)train a 2-year-old bulldog mix?

2. She lives in a small town without obedience school resources. She watches the TV show “The Dog Whisperer” and since most things on TV are firstly for entertainment, I do not believe viewing that show every once in a while helps her learn how to handle this huge, untrained dog. …Bless her heart.

What books or DVDs or websites help teach people how to be dog owners (& trainers)?

3. In the case my sister does not take responsibility for training her dog, What do I do when the dog jumps, nips, etc me or my children?

Best answer:

Answer by Shirley
I firmly believe that the majority of dog problems are really problems with their owners. My daughter had a boxer that was totally untrained and wild. I would not pet him unless he sat down. It didn’t take him long to figure this out. Before long he would sit the moment he saw me then drag his butt across the floor to reach me. There isn’t a lot you can do about the way other people interact with their pets but you don’t have to put up with the dogs bad behavior

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