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The One Thing That Wolfie Wants
Wolfie is running and jumping and barking and not listening and, and, and... Just what does he want? I have tried everything and I just can't get him to be good. Can it be that hard to have a good dog?
No. (Don't you just hate answers like that? Don't worry, I am not going to turn my back and walk away without an explanation...)
The one thing that dogs, and for that matter, we humans, want is to feel safe. If all is right with the world and our future is secure, we are having a really great day. Humans look at good health, financial stability, lasting relationships, etc. as a way to feel safe.
Dogs feel safe when they are members of a strong pack. The pack is kept strong because it is run by a strong canine alpha leader. So what we must do is to be Wolfie's strong, canine alpha leader. This sounds like it would be pretty easy except for the fact that we are humans. We must change our perspective of the world from the way a human might act to the perspective of the world the way a dog might act.
There is one big rule that you must remember if you want Wolfie to view you as the canine alpha leader who has the ability to keep him safe. You must constantly be reinforcing your leadership with him in a passive way that he naturally understands. Here is what you do.
In a wolf pack in the wild, the only one that tells the rest of the pack what to do is the canine alpha leader. The rest of the pack naturally submit and follow the leader. This is what you have to do. Everything you do with Wolfie must be on your terms. If Wolfie comes over to you and puts his nose in your hand to pet him, you can not pet him. If Wolfie gets his ball and comes over to you and gives you his big puppy eyes saying he wants to play ball, you can not play ball with him.
So, what do you do in these instances? You simply ignore him for a moment until he turns away. You can then call him over so YOU can pet him. You can then call him over so YOU can play ball with him. Remember, it always has to be on your terms. It always has to be your idea. You must be the one that starts, begins, commences. This will maintain your role as the strong alpha leader.
Now that you are the strong alpha leader, Wolfie is on his way to providing you with the respect a canine alpha leader requires. He is also on his way to feeling safe and happy. And, that, is the one thing he wants and needs.
Now that you are the canine alpha leader, you need to guide Wolfie as to what is right and wrong. That is where proper training comes into play. Please check out more of this Blog for additional information or contact us for more information on our training programs. For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.
Ideas to get Your
Dog to Eat His Food I
was out at a Dog Training revisit this morning in Cooper City for a Coonhound
that we haven’t seen for over seven years.
The dog had been doing great for a very long time until recently when a
few things had changed in the family dynamics.
We took care of that pretty quickly (and that can be the topic of a
future article). The client then
mentioned, “I just don't get it. I spend more money on Mystie’s
"holistic/good for you food" than I spend on myself. I put the
food down and she really isn’t interested in it. I don't want to feed her
the junkie food with all the additives, but I don’t want her to starve. What
can I do to get her to eat the healthy food?” So many times we can
relate our current experiences with things we have lived through in the
past.Let's think about our childhood
and our mom serving us green beans. If you are like me, there was no way
I was going to take my fork and eat those green beans sitting o…
When You Ride Your BikeI
was up in Sunrise yesterday with a new dog training client and her Boxer who
had a jumping problem and loved to run out the front door.We resolved those problems pretty quickly and
I was finishing up the lesson and planning what we would to at the next lesson
and when we would return.She had
another dog issue that didn’t refer to her Boxer. She loved to ride her bike around the
neighborhood but the local dogs loved to chase and bark at her.She could never get in a full bike ride
because of all these doggie distractions.I mentioned that I had worked on this issue years ago and came up with
some very interesting observations and suggestions for bike riders and “dog
Dogs love to play "tag, you are it".
In fact, this is one of the natural submissive/dominance that they
naturally play as puppies to learn proper canine socialization. When we ride past dogs on our bikes, they
chase us, and we speed up, we are encouraging the idea of "tag, yo…
We were at a Dog Training revisit session
with a family in Coral Springs last week and their dog that was fine when we
had left the first time had gone back to showing the same bad behavior we
observed at the beginning of our first session.
The entire family was there for our current visit and we observed that
the family dynamics was “nuts”. Everyone
was all over the place. At one point the
mother looked at us and asked “Can our family be making our dog go nuts?”
To paraphrase Charlie Sheen... "Duh, Yes!"
We always try to reinforce the idea that in order to have your dog learn, you
must first establish a calm and consistent environment. This will allow your
dog have the opportunity to provide focus and allows you to have the
opportunity to command that focus. Your
ability to show a passive, assertive nature towards your dog will naturally
have him drawn towards you as the one telling him what to do next. Guess what, if the environment is full of
yelling and screaming, y…