Always look to the ways of animals and canines in mother nature for the best solutions in leading your dog or puppy.
7. Keep "Four-on-the-Floor" No matter the size, your dog is not a designer bag. By picking him up and carrying him around, you teach him that the world is not to be trusted. Make hopping up on the couch by invitation only, and then keep Fido to your side instead of in the ownership position on top of you.
2. Become Silent All animals naturally follow calm assertive energy. Shouting commands and continuous jibber jabber is viewed as weak energy by dogs. A canine pack leader does not yell from afar. He goes to the follower to communicate disagreement and uses silent assertive body language and energy.
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10. Learn About and Observe Which Canine Drive Your Dog is in at Any Given Time
When not asleep, dogs are driven by and at any given time in one of 5 instinctive canine drives. Learn how to identify what drive your dog is in, and manage getting him away from undesired drives and back to the softer safer ones when he is becoming unstable. The 5 drives are Pack, Food, Prey/Predator, Sex and Defense. Two drives dogs kill for are food and sex.
5. Fulfill Your Dog's Needs with Exercise, Structure/Rules/Boundaries & Only Lastly Affection
Love to a dog is less coddling and cuddling than stretching his legs, romping in nature, and feelig safe and secure from understood pack rules. Dogs who have become unstable tend to have been abused and/or received too much love instead of the structure and exercise that create stability.
4. Socialize Your Dog Every Day ... with other dogs, people and new places. Dogs are not hermits. They need social stimulation as they would enjoy with their pack in the wild. Home and yard become an isolating imprisonment without the enjoyment of the world, regardless of how family love is received. (read more)
6. View Your Dog as a Daily Work in Progress Training should not be about a start-stop program at some facility with tricks and commands. It should be about giving our dog the structure he needs in daily life to know where he fits in the pack and what is expected of him. THIS is love to a dog.
9. Disagree with Instead of Nurturing Fear
Mother nature built animals (including humans) to feel and act on anxiety when faced with new situations. This is our armor for self-protection, learning to cope and then celebrating our success thereafter. When an anxious dog is nurtured by a human with reassuring cooing and touch instead of ignoring or correcting his unstable state, his coping mechanism shuts down because he is being told this is how we want him to be, we're rewarding him for such. . He becomes locked in a state of always feeling anxious instead of letting his brain work through the problem. And he ends up learning to always live in this state of mind instead of calm relaxation.
3. Walk Your Dog Every Day The daily walk (when mastered by a leader) cures a world of canine woes, from frustrated pent up energy and mind-numbing boredom to disrespect for you as the leader and acting out. The walk provides positive mental and physical challenges. In the wild your dog would be traveling with the pack to hunt food, eradicate intruders, and patrol the territory. Give your dog food and water afterwards for a "job well done."
1. Achieve Calm When your dog becomes over-excited with too high of an energy level, learn how to present yourself as your dog's authoritative leader to drain that energy and achieve the desired calm obedient respect.
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8. Engage Your Dog's NOSE
A pup's sense of smell (olfactory system) is 1000 to 10,000 times stronger than ours. Don't feed treats, but use the scent of a piece of liver balled in your fist to move your dog's brain forward from fear of the vaccuum cleaner or resistence to being controlled on the walk. Changing the brain to thinking about a great smell instead of fear or dominance creates relaxation and compliant nose wiggles.