What Dog Owners Should Know About the Alpha Roll

What is the alpha roll?

The alpha roll is a dog training technique that involves pinning the dog on its side or back. It is thought to teach the dog that the owner is the "alpha" or leader of the pack.

Why is the alpha roll outdated?

The alpha roll is based on the outdated belief that dogs are pack animals and that they need to be dominated by their owners. 

Is the alpha roll effective?

The alpha roll is not an effective way to train dogs. It can actually make dogs more aggressive and fearful.

What are the risks

Damage the dog's trust in the owner.

Positive reinforcement

Positive reinforcement involves rewarding the dog for good behavior. This can be done with treats, praise, or play.

Positive punishment

Positive punishment involves using a mild aversive stimulus to discourage unwanted behavior. This can be done with a noise, a tap on the nose, or a short time-out.

What should you do

There are many effective ways to train dogs without using the alpha roll. These methods involve positive reinforcement and positive punishment.

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