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Categories: Pack Structure , Puppy Pack Structure

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Just a quick note about a mistake I made with my big, intact male and the lessons I learned. In retrospect, I had let pack leadership slip big time and was tolerating small problems like getting in the trash. This was the rescue dog I got when he was a year old and untrained. One night he grabbed my dinner off the dining table. I got angry and did something I very well knew (when thinking clearly without anger clouding my judgement) was stupid--crowded him, yelled, and hit him with my knee. Of course, I got bitten pretty good on the leg--several small wounds, one big fang hole. Could have been much worse. My leg is just about healed now.

Lessons learned:
1. Pack management is full time, all the time. There can be no "It's all fixed now, no need to keep this up."
2. Anger makes you stupid, throws off judgement.
3. Keep a dominant dog collar on dogs like this all the time (my first one had worn out and I didn't replace it).

Of course, I went back to doing all the things I knew how to do, improved management, replaced the collar (thanks for the fast service!), established zero tolerance for the trash raiding and other small things, dog in crate when I can't directly supervise him, and we're back to where we were before I got sloppy.

Thanks to all your information, I knew immediately where I had gone wrong and how to fix it. Thank you so much for all you do!

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