[quote]Originally posted by Eugene:
<strong>Artman @_@, ah yes, a sign of affection...that must be why she does this to chair legs and door frames and counter-corners...
_alliance_ is right. It's primarily territorial...You are owned by your cat. Other than prides of lions, cats generally don't show much in the form of social hierarchy or community. With dogs, there is definitely a chain of command. Dogs assert their dominance over groups or individuals, and they also submit in the same fashion.
I am the alpha male to my dogs, and they respect that. If I try to 'control' my cat, it will definitely protest.
Dogs can be taught to do amazing things. Cats can teach themselves to do remarkable things, but I don't think you'll see a seeing-eye cat any time soon.</strong><hr></blockquote>
cats are loners--they dont see themselves as needing us.
on the other hand, dogs see themselves as being completely dependent on us, as we are the rest of their "pack." as eugene said, the alpha male is the one in charge of this pack--if yer dogs dont see u, the owner, as the alpha male, then they dont respect u. try this little experiment next time u are w/ yer dog:
place your hand on top of its paw--if yer dog places its paw on top of yer hand in reaction, then u need to make some changes in the pack--this is a sign that the dog believes it is dominant over u. if this is the case, simply place your hand back on top and refuse to let him replace the paw on top.
also, try this:
look the dog straight in the eye--ideally, the dog should look away immediately. looking away instead of making eye contact signifies his willingness to accept u as dominant. if he stares u down, that could be a sign that he doesnt respect u enuff to look away. be careful if this is the case--it could mean that he sees u as a potential threat. dogs make eye contact primarily if they intend to fight, for whatever reason (but its mostly apparent amongst the pack or rivals outside). for instance, the alpha male should never have another member of the pack look him in the eye. it is a sign of submission to his authority. if one does, then it means his authority is challenged...which could lead to a change in power in the pack.
if the dog believes that it is stronger than u, be very careful. always be in charge, and never show panic or fear.