Understanding Psychology Of Dog Training Pack Behavior Establishing Control

Dogs are descendent of​ wolves. to​ study the​ psychology of​ dog training and understand the​ pack hierarchal system of​ dogs,​ we must go back and examine their ancestor - wolves.

Wolves live naturally in​ packs of​ at​ least 2 and more... They live in​ a​ dictatorship system with strictly defined hierarchies of​ males and females. in​ their system,​ a​ leader - usually always a​ male,​ the​ biggest and toughest wolf also known as​ alpha leader would be in​ charge of​ the​ pack and will have the​ right to​ everything. the​ rest of​ the​ dogs in​ the​ pack would be followers and follow their leader willingly. This hierarchy system is​ not static and would change when another dominant member challenge the​ leader's authority and win.

For your dog,​ your family is​ the​ pack and every member is​ part of​ the​ hierarchy system. From the​ moment a​ new puppy or​ dog is​ introduce to​ the​ family,​ the​ new dog will start to​ pick up signals and indicators to​ figure out his own status in​ the​ family and who’s in​ charge. if​ your dog see you​ as​ a​ "alpha leader",​ he will follow your commands willingly and this will allows you​ to​ train him easily.

On the​ other hand,​ if​ your dog is​ very dominant (because you​ allow him to​ pick up the​ wrong signals) and starts to​ challenge your "alpha leader" position,​ he may refuse to​ follow your command and turn aggressive against you​ easily. This situation usually happens in​ children where dogs see their chain of​ command higher than that of​ them. This also explains why children suffer more dog bites than adults do.

If you​ would prefer to​ own an​ obedient dog that pay attention to​ your command,​ assuming the​ role of​ the​ “alpha leader’ and establishing control over your dog is​ extremely important!

Your dog must learn that he is​ the​ lowest ranking in​ the​ family,​ subordinate to​ you,​ to​ the​ children,​ and must recognize you​ to​ be the​ leader. if​ such hierarchy is​ not set up properly,​ the​ dog will try to​ take charge and assume the​ role of​ the​ leader. This’ll eventually lead the​ dog to​ turn into “dominant dog” and thus tend to​ misbehave. if​ this happens,​ you’ll face an​ uphill task to​ properly train your dog.

As we live in​ a​ democratic society,​ most of​ us will find it​ hard to​ understand the​ dog’s concept of​ dictatorship. Nevertheless,​ it​ is​ necessary that we adjust ourselves to​ understand how the​ dog live and think. By being dictating,​ you​ would think that this is​ cruel or​ even inhumane to​ the​ dog. if​ you​ think so,​ you​ are very wrong!

In fact,​ dogs are more than happy to​ be a​ follower and taking instructions from a​ leader. you​ have to​ give your dog directions,​ organize his space and activities for him,​ and he’ll be more clued-up and know his boundaries of​ life,​ which means knowing what is​ expected of​ him when he’s indoor or​ outdoor.

Your dog will be able to​ lead a​ less stressful and happy life and so will you.

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