Theo is a Rottweiler and Golden Retriever Cross. (male - 11months)
Kerra is a purebred Boxer. (female - approx. 4 -5yrs.)
I have recently started this new tactic: If the dogs are being fed in their pen...of course Theo rushes out when I open the gate but then I block him out and feed Kerra first. Theo atomatically sits down and waits. lol. Then I feed him. I think he is getting the memo.
I don't think I could pick Theo up without all my strength, Vida! lol.
I've never had to 'make' him submit for bad behavior. I can just say "Theo!" in a really stern voice and he lowers himself. I think he knows I'm the boss he is just being a puppy and testing me for what he can get away with.
This weekend I am going to take Theo out for a walk. Just me and him and I am going to watch how he behaves. He is very interested in his surroundings, BTW. I need to work on his leash training about though.
Another thing, I have often caught myself grasping Theo's scruff when he growls at Kerra. That's when I hold his head and make him look at me and not her. I think he takes it as though I am nipping him because he normally straightens up.
I'm hoping to get him into more retrieving and agility. He's one big boy with lots of muscle but he is very agile as well.
lol THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!! 8)