Though they may not know it by name, just about every dog owner encounters the Alpha theory at some point. Have you ever heard someone chock unwanted behaviors up to a dog thinking he or she is alpha? Or explain that poor behaviors are a challenge against the owner for the alpha role? And of course the solution to these issues would be for the owner to assert their dominance by staring down, overpowering and even inflicting pain on their dog to “put it in its place”. After all, the Alpha of the pack has first dibs and full control over all the resources, like the owner of a well trained dog.
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It's all fun and games until you're woken up at 3am to the sound of your dog suckling on their blanket, or one of their toys. Or worse. Take a seat on a wet couch., your jeans soaking up cold dog slobber. It's probably around this point that you question what you've done wrong in your life, and why the Universe is punishing you.
Suckling on toys and blankets is actually a common dog behavior.. but why? and what can you do to stop it?