*If the dog reacts to the subservient in an aggressive way, correct the dog by voice, but think disappointment, not aggression. More like “Don’t you DARE do that; what is WRONG WITH YOU?!!” but make sure the dog knows you are talking to HIM, not to the subservient. Look him in the eye; turn your back to the subservient, basically focusing on the dog while ignoring the subservient. If the subservient is a child, it is VERY IMPORTANT to not discipline the child for its behavior in front of the dog. So, if your child forgets and comes into the room with the dog loose, and triggers the dog, necessitating a correction from the dominant, DO NOT chide, scold, or punish your child immediately. That will make the dog believe that the child was the transgressor. Even if the child was, you can explain what he/she did wrong later. Again, DO NOT YELL OR CHASTISE YOUR CHILD IN FRONT OF THE SOCIALLY DOMINANT DOG.
*TRAIN THE DOG IN OBEDIENCE. It is important that the dog listen to and accept the dominant in everything. Force the issue if you need. Many dogs would never dare insert themselves above a human, so you already know you have a socially dominant dog. By setting understandable boundaries, teaching the dog to stay, sit and heel are all basic skills that show him that you truly are in charge. If you are in charge, he will listen and follow your lead. Try as often as you can to show that you want the other persons in your family to be there, by acknowledging them when they come into the room, by moving toward them, smiling, and speaking.
THINGS the subservient person MUST do
Don’t fuss over the dog. This cannot be overstated. By cooing, petting or stroking you are moving yourself underneath the dog. You are acting as a subservient young dog, and are being treated as such. Simple commands, understandable requests, and getting the dog to earn your praise is your goal. Remember to set up the dog to win, meaning communicate with the dominant about what you are going to do. Remind the dominant that it’s their job to think ahead, just as you do.
When entering the room, come in boldly, do not sneak, or slow down. You belong there, and you have to act like it. Take over all feeding of the problem dog. Remember that the trouble starts when you enter or leave. That means the yard, a vehicle, or a room. Even in your own house, you will have to be aware of this reality. This is probably not going to be forever, but it can take a very long time.