What is it about large breeds that appeals to most people? Is it there docile, yet devoted temperament? Maybe it’s the fact that they are an ideal home and personal security measure. Or maybe some people just get along better with big dogs than they do with the little purse pets, of the Hollywood starlets.
Who’s Handling Who?
Letting your dog get the upper hand is probably one of the biggest mistakes you can make, as far as training is concerned. It is the reason and fact that some people think that allowing your dog to sleep with you is an invitation for disaster. The reason being that the dog will begin to think that, not only are you two on the same level of the food chain, but they may actually decide that they want to be the big dog and leader of the pack, as opposed to you. I grew up in a family, where my dog slept with me every night and we never had an ounce of trouble from that dog, and it was a relatively large dog. Is it essential how you raise your dog, as to whether or not they will obey you and strive to please you? Yes, of course it is. Training methods that involve very small treats or the praise/reward system should suffice in that area. Leave it to the ‘experts’ in their infinite wisdom however, to find something wrong with the bonding process, between a child and their dog, by snuggling up together in bed at night.
If you’re talking about handling a dog, you’re most likely referring to whether or not you’re capable of hanging onto it, if it decides to take off after another dog or another human. Small children walking large dogs, that aren’t completely trained or obedient for example, could be a recipe for disaster. That child may not be able to hold onto the leash and the dog ends up darting out into traffic or attacking someone or something.
That said however, small dogs can get away from their owners too and are frequently far more high strung and excited. Small dogs, because of their quickness and sudden movements, can startle a person holding the leash thereby jerking it from their hand. Handling a dog takes more than strength and a leash. It takes vocal commands and an acquired relationship, between the commander and the dog.