Originally Posted by mom0810
Neither am I, but like I said, I was afraid to bring it up here for fear of major backlash.
But you are exactly right in how you are looking at it. And remember, your BREEDER told you to do this. Trust her. She knows what she is talking about. I don't know if those who are so critical of that alpha roll have actually ever RAISED a litter of puppies, let alone know the ins and outs of dog behavior like a breeder does. Trust your breeder. Your puppy DOES see your kids as puppies and IS challenging them. That puppy's whole world needs to cave in on him for you to change the behavior. Please listen to your breeder and you will not regret it.
And perhaps, maybe, those who haven't raised litters or been involved professionally in dogs for any length of time should not throw stones???
There's "major backlash" because this a dangerous practice. It's detrimental to the BABY puppy and to the humans who will be forced to deal with it when it's no longer an 8 kg imp but a 40 kg growling, aggressive adolescent dog.
I've got to agree with Sevenveils. Anyone can put two dogs together and call themselves a breeder. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to watch puppies for 8 weeks - but I'll share anyway. I worked in a medical research dog colony for almost two years. My job? Monitor the pregnant dogs, assist with whelping, monitor litters to weaning, assist with neonatal and pediatric care including tube feeding, fluids, etc., complete artificial insemination on in heat dogs, and so on and so forth. I would estimate I've "raised" between 15 and 25 litters. We *literally* will take people off the street, train them for one week - and they can do this job. Raising puppies is not hard, and does not make one a behavior expert.
As for my credentials? I have spent time working in dog daycare, with dog trainers, with veterinarians and observing veterinary behavior consults. I've just finished two years worth of veterinary education, which includes lectures on behavior and training. I have extensively researched canine aggression with the ultimate aim of creating my own research proposal. This is not a hobby for me, or something I do on the side, I am in school to become a behaviorist. I still have a lot to learn, but I do my best to keep current with behavior research and what is in the best interest of both the dogs and the people who have to live with them long after their breeders have gone on to sell 20-30 more puppies.
So, just because I don't order semen, make puppies, and sell them does not mean I'm not qualified to speak on the subject - tyvm. Perhaps you'd like to share your background since you're so quick to assume about my own?