Originally Posted by royinidaho
Most canines take a direct look in the eye as a threat or challenge. If you're the dominant being there there will be no problem. If not, sooner or later there's gonna be a problem.
If ya wanna change the attitude of a seemingly aggressive male simply turn away from him, sit down and relax. I've been told that this is the strongest of dominant behaviors. It won't be long until the mutt eases up to you.
Note that I haven't personally tried this method.
Would appreciate a report from someone who has besides the guy that I heard this from.
I never heard what your saying about turning away but I could see how it could work.
Not a wolf dog but I had a full beard Alaskan malamute male at his prime about 120lbs and built like a brick **** house. I got him as a pup and knew he was going to be around kids a lot so I'd constantly be pulling on his ears lightly and playing with him while he was eating. At first he wouldn't have it so I'd sack him across the snout. He was broke of this very quickly. I played very rough with him but he knew that it was only to be had with me. One day while he was eating I walked up and stuck my hand right in his food to test him and he snapped and growled at me. Boy did I beat the **** out of him. It only took the one beating and for the rest of his life he never once showed his teeth or showed aggression towards anyone! Just to clarify he didn't have any other dogs to protect his food from so no need to be aggressive.
I've always started with a dog showing him I'm boss and there isn't any exception! As others have said if you can't break them from being aggressive from the start you tuck a piece of lead behind their ear.