The dog 's determination in getting what he wants from you will depend to an extent on how tolerant or overtolerant you have been of his behaviour.
When you choose a dog is of the utmost importance that you get a dog that matches your personality. Energy, temperament , strength and size are important factors to be considered when choosing the right dog for you and your family.Not choosing the family dog correctly is the reason why so very many humanitarian groups rescuing dogs from all walks of life are required.A wrong match can sadly result in the owner becoming overwhelmed and sees the only option as giving the dog away.In Scotland, especially,due to the inclement weather most family dogs live inside the house. The result of this is that the dog becomes humanized which is one of the most common reasons for a dog becoming dominant and out of control.
The characteristics that a dominant dog displays is that he pulls while onthe leash demonstrating that he wants to be the boss , the leader . Another tell tale sign may be that when you are reading the paper or watching the tv the dog demands that you pet him and if you do so but then stop the petting he will nudge you with his paws or head until you "obey" his demand that he gets the attention he is seeking. A dominant dog will expect to pass through a doorway or walk along a narrow path ahead of you as he believes he has the absolute right of "first place" .Since dogs are pack animals, you and the other humans he comes into contact with are all part of the pack.As far as your dog is concerned, no pack can exist without a leader and that leader is either you or it's him. That's the way it has to be. You may think that the ideal situation would be that you can treat your dog as an equal and that there is no need to establish who has the dominant role and who has the subservient role. This works in the world of humans (in theory at least!!) but is not the order of the animal kingdom and certainly not the dog kingdom You can indeed be on " best friend" terms with your dog , but for the well-being of your dog you must be the one in charge.
Few dogs actively seek leadership and most are perfectly content for you to assume that role AND YOU MUST DO SO or even the meekest of dogs will try to take over. Remember, it's not a matter of choice. For every one's safety, you have to be the one in charge and he must be in no doubt whatsoever about this otherwise he imagines himself to be "the boss" and that can only lead to trouble on all fronts . In the dog's mind if he is allowed to be the leader of the pack( and remember his pack comprises of all those other dogs and humans he comes into contact with) he is entitled to exercise what I will refer to as:-
The Leader of The Pack's Bill of Rights .