September 17th, 2009
|If a dog is lying across a doorway he is claiming that passageway as his own. In a dog pack situation, lower-ranked dogs will not try to walk through that opening until the dog moves; if a person steps over the dog and he puts out his leg as if to trip them (which two of my dogs have don, incidentally), I take that as a sign of a good sense of humor! However, with an overly assertive dog the human is supposed to make the dog stand up and let the person pass, which will show that the human is the true alpha in the pack.
Radio show host and pet expert Tracie Hotchner is the author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible. Click here to follow her on Twitter.