3 Crucial Factors of Home Dog Obedience Training
Dog obedience training is very important in the life of your dog. The training can be done in the home or at the recognized classes. Training a dog is highly equated like building a house. If the foundation isn’t solid, every effort made at gaining dog obedience will yield unpredictable and oftentimes short-term results. So, how do you build a strong foundation for effective dog training? You need to establish yourself as the alpha dog and gain your dog’s respect. We will look at 3 crucial factors of home dog obedience training.
That said, you don’t have to fall victim to the hardships of an unruly dog. There really is a scientific process, based on rules that will steer you out of the funk of a rebellious pooch. This process for establishing alpha status is tied together by a system of controlling your dog’s 3 environmental outlets – food, rest and socialization.
The following are the most crucial factors of home dog obedience training;
As much as you love your dog, during the initial phases of dog training, you must enforce a separation in the hierarchy of your status. Don’t level the playing field by making him feel entitled to eat the same food you do. This specific facet of his life (eating) is directly associated with survival. This process is going to solidify his correlation between surviving and depending on your care.
He needs you to eat. This dependency will enforce his instinct to please you through obedience. You are the alpha and you decide when the pack eats.
Other than being a necessity for living, rest is also a privilege. It’s an outlet for relaxation and enjoyment. Control this variable by deciding WHERE your dog sleeps. That means not allowing him up on the couch or bed. Those are YOUR resting areas. The alpha dog decides where and when the rest of the pack sleeps. You control the pace of the pack and the level of activity. Administer this control by setting limits on where your dog may rest. This principle is something that inspired crate training. If you decide against crate training, that’s fine. However, you absolutely must create limits and rules for your dog’s resting habits.
This is perhaps the biggest variable that you need to control. It’s also one of the more difficult ones to enforce because it takes a lot of diligence and patience.
When your dog approaches you, you need to force obedience before rewarding him with affection. That means, when your dog nuzzles his head into your hand or lap, before petting him or speaking in a playful pitchy tone, you should issue commands to exercise his submission.
When you’re first training your dog, your love should be treated as a reward or it will be taken for granted. Once you have an obedient puppy and you’re confident that this respect will not go astray, you can dispense your affection without thought. In the beginning, though, you’ll want to follow this guideline for best results.
Keep at it and continue your training knowing that your dog wants to be led. Following a pack leader is the most natural instinct your dog has. Facilitate this need by becoming the alpha dog and take the anxiety out of his actions.
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