How did a dog trainer intimidate my dog so thoroughly?
September 14, 2009 7:20 PM Subscribe
What do dog trainers know that I don't?
This question is based on an early childhood memory of mine, so I apologize if it turns out that I've just got the details wrong and what I describe is impossible.
What I remember is that my mom brought in a dog trainer for a session with a poorly behaved dog of ours, and from the moment that man had my dog on the leash, the dog became utterly submissive, even to the point of looking scared. I was surprised because, other than putting the dog on the leash, the trainer had done nothing unusual to the dog that I could see. That was his first session with us, and I don't think that the trainer had spent any significant amount of time with my dog before leashing him. How did the trainer communicate dominance to my dog, a large and self-confident rottweiler mix, so effectively?