Dog Training 101 Or Should That Be Owner Training 101

Dog Training 101 Or Should That Be Owner Training 101

We've always had dogs around ever since I was a​ kid,​ and even when our family was "between dogs" I adopted next door's Boxer dog as​ my own. Despite this,​ as​ a​ family we didn’t have a​ clue how to​ correctly train a​ dog – as​ long as​ it​ didn't mess on​ the​ floor,​ chew up our slippers and finally came on​ the​ fifth yell of​ its name we thought things were just fine.

Like many dog owners I didn't know the​ first thing about training a​ dog. Well,​ we think we do because the​ dog sits or​ offers us a​ paw when we have a​ treat in​ our hands but those are just party tricks.

Then I bought my very own dog when I got a​ place of​ my own. as​ she grew she changed from loveable pup into a​ liability. She wandered off,​ never came when called and turned into the​ Tasmanian Devil whenever anybody called around. the​ final straw came when she tore into the​ room and scrambled up to​ sit on​ the​ shoulders of​ a​ visitor who had come to​ assess me for a​ voluntary position. He was not a​ dog lover and I can still remember the​ look on​ his face now...

Trouble was,​ I had always treated dogs as​ furry friends,​ always giving in​ to​ those sad-looking eyes and never realizing that the​ dogs saw me in​ a​ totally different way. Dogs are pack animals and as​ such they are acutely aware of​ their position in​ the​ pack – and you​ and your family are its pack,​ even if​ there's just the​ two of​ you.

Grasp that little fact of​ dog psychology and you​ are well on​ your way to​ a​ happier dog. From now on​ you​ are going to​ make it​ plain to​ your dog that you​ are the​ Alpha male or​ leader of​ the​ pack and what you​ say goes. See that furniture? That's mine. you​ lie on​ the​ floor or​ in​ your dog basket. Don't feed the​ dog tidbits from the​ dinner table – in​ fact the​ dog should be in​ his basket while you​ eat,​ and he only gets fed after everybody else has finished.

But isn’t that just being mean and taking all the​ fun out of​ owning a​ dog?

The leader of​ the​ dog pack eats first. He sleeps in​ the​ best spot. the​ Alpha male takes no notice of​ subordinate dogs fussing around him when he returns from the​ hunt. When you​ consistently act as​ leader you​ are communicating to​ your dog in​ a​ language he understands.

When you​ come home,​ ignore your dog's frantic attempts at​ attention seeking until he calms down – then you​ praise him. it​ won't be long before your dog realizes he's gone down a​ few notches in​ the​ pack hierarchy and acts accordingly. You'll soon find that your dog greets you​ quietly and quickly settles down as​ he's worked out that is​ when he receives praise from you.

Still not convinced that training your dog makes him a​ happier dog? Look at​ it​ from the​ dog's point of​ view. He's living in​ a​ human world full of​ confusing things and behavior he can't understand. By not teaching your dog his place in​ your pack he will feel it's his place to​ take charge. But this leaves him feeling stressed,​ resulting in​ an​ unruly and confused dog constantly trying to​ make sense of​ an​ overwhelming world it​ cannot understand.

But when you​ assume command as​ leader of​ the​ pack,​ you​ take that responsibility off his shoulders. Just like a​ well-trained soldier,​ he will be happy knowing his place,​ his role in​ the​ pack and what's expected of​ him – and happy to​ defer to​ your leadership knowing you'll take care of​ the​ "big stuff".

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