about the aggressiveness in a Alpha Rollover. Now before you all start throwing darts at me or click off in disgust give me a minute to explain myself.
It is a natural response and reaction for dogs to use this on one another. I've never seen a dog do it with an aggressive intent. Not even my own dogs. In fact I have only seen it done during playing and rough housing.
That's one of the main reasons I like it, because it is part of their language and they easily understand it.
I don't believe in the alpha rollover should be used as part of every day training. I rarely use it but I believe it can be used as an effect tool during a dog fight.
Positive reinforcement isn't going to break up a fight. But an alpha rollover is like a kill switch.
I've been through enough dog fights with my own dogs over the years that a calm steady hand with only pressure of my two fingers squeezing just above the shoulder blades can bring a fight to halt instantly. I don't push or shove the dog to ground, I let him submit on his own.
And some of you might think YEARS of DOG FIGHTS using the ALPHA ROLLOVER??? Well no wonder you have so many fights, you are encouraging aggression.
If that were true, I'd have dog fights every day, instead of months and months of remissions.
I have one aggressive dog, that I manage every day with prevention and none of it involves an alpha rollover. But since I can't change Brut's entire nature or be with him constantly or I don't move as quickly when an attack is imminent, fights do happen. At this moment I can't think of the last one that happened. And I don't believe using the alpha rollover on such rare occasions creates a more aggressive dog. In fact, in the case of Brut he has become less aggressive with his pack mates as time goes on. Do I think that is because of using alpha rollovers? No. They are a last resort in an out of control situation that I only reserve for that purpose and even then I don't always use it.
I know many don't agree with it regardless of what I share from my experience. The alpha rollover has been deemed an aggressive technique. Since all I can share is what has worked for me, my experience with the technique and hope I don't lose all my readers who have made it this far through the post, all I'm saying that in some contexts I find the technique appropriate.
What do you think about the Alpha Rollover tool? Do you have thoughts one way or the other? Have you ever used it or would you never use it?
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