You act like it is physically hard to do with a puppy. The moment you say "NO" in a strong assentive voice, they freeze up and I basically push and the dog falls over.bella_blue said:Dogs naturally roll without having to be pushed by the alphas. A strong leader exudes confidence and doesn't need to force his/her pack members into submission. Forcing your puppy into an alpha roll is confusing and scary for her. I would never risk ruining my relationship with my dog (by confusing her, scaring her, making myself look emotionally unstable) by forcing her into submission using a potentially dangerous technique that might not even get the message across.jleonar said:Why is it then that dogs naturally do the roll when they are submissive. I would never attempt an alpha roll with an older dog or a dog that I have not worked with but I definately made my puppy get on her side to show submissiveness when she did the wrong thing.
The alpha roll is also not the only thing you need to be doing. You should be a leader is every way with your dog especially during walks.
It isn't a big deal. Now if you are talking about alpha rolling with a dominate dog, that is a totally different story. There are too many variables and I am not an expert in dealing with dominant adult dogs.. I would get my head bit off.
However, puppies are not difficult to deal with. I have never seen fear in my dogs eyes when doing this. It isn't an act of physical aggression.
To each their own, as long as people aren't causing physical or psychological harm to their dogs then do whatever method you feel works. I also practice quick touches(similar to what Cesar Millan does with a gentle nudge with his foot). I typically use my hand to poke my dog's ribs when I need to break her obsession with something else.