Wild Dog Down
How does your dog view his world, and yours?
We all know the story of the 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf. But how might that story sound from the wolf’s perspective? Maybe the wolf had a bad cold and needed to borrow some cold remedy. Maybe he just couldn’t stop sneezing! That would certainly change the story, your feelings about the pigs and how they treated the wolf. Maybe he wasn't the bad guy after all?
It is my job to help you understand your dog's perspective. How does he/she see the world? How can/should this impact your actions?
Wolf Behavior and Dog Behavior
Wolf pack behavior teaches us a great deal about dog pack behavior. After all, dogs are direct descendants from wolves. The first thing we know about wolves and dogs is that they live in packs, and this dictates their thinking and view of the world. There must always be a pack leader and for your dog, if you don't do it, they will.
The implications of this are far reaching. And there is much more to learn from wolf behavior!
What Makes a Good Leader?
You are now your dog's pack. Every dog wants to know where its place is in the pack. Dog’s do not really want to be the leader. The leader position carries with it a tremendous amount of responsibility. But they also know that someone has to be in charge or else the pack (and consequently they) will not survive. If you don’t demonstrate an ability to be a good leader, then your dog will feel the need to try. What does a good leader do in a dog’s/wolf’s eyes?
A Good Leader:
Decides what to do in the face of danger, keeping the pack safe.
Controls the food: who eats in what order to keep the pack strong.
Leads the pack when they go out for the hunt.
Preserves pack order and peace through the governing of status.
If you can be a good leader to your dog, you will have a happy, relaxed, companion dog. Your dog will feel safe knowing that you are in charge and he/she can relax. By working with these 4 areas, we can address the behavior problems your dog is demonstrating. Shyness and fear, barking, aggression, separation anxiety, chewing on him/herself due to anxiety, pulling on the leash, not coming when called, you name it, and together, we can deal with it.
Only Positive Dog Training methods are used:
Removal of a reward for a negative behavior.
Rewarding a different behavior for the dog to do what he can not do at the same time as the negative behavior.
Counterconditioning or desensitization to remove undesired behaviors or change the dog's emotional state.