Table of Contents
Benefits of Dog Training
Psychology of Dogs
Basic Dog Training Methods
Advanced Training of Your Dog
Health and Nutrition
Conditioning Your Puppy
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Psychology of Dog
To train your dog, you must know exact facts about his psychology and in this chapter I will tell you all important facts about dog’s psychology.
❖ A wolf descendent
❖ Wolf instincts in dogs
❖ Establish an alpha role
❖ Do not bring in jealousy in dog’s mind
❖ Dog’s memory
There are moments when you will think that “OH! MY DOG HAS HIS OWN FRAME OF MIND.” This is obvious and this reaction of your is also understandable and true because almost every dog has his own mind. They can behave very funny at times and they can behave in a very dangerous way sometimes. You need to make their reactions moderate and make sure that they do not over do those strange acts. To do that effectively, you need to learn all the actions of your dog closely and pay very close attention to his actions, reactions and also get to know that which actions trigger which reactions.
A Wolf Descendent
To know the exact psychology and behavior of your dogs, you must know that dogs are descendants of wolves but they have just learned to live with humans. If you observe them closely, then, you will know that they still have those wolves attitude and their traditions alive in them somewhere. Wolves live in packs in the wild and they have a very strong concept of dictatorship in both males and females in which they make one wolf, leader of their pack. All the other wolves of the pack listen and obey that alpha leader which is normally the biggest male wolf in the pack.
Wolf Instincts in Dogs
When you bring your dog home then, he sees the family as a pack and tries to observe the whole family system to determine that who alpha leader of the pack is and he also determines his role in the pack.
He will notice all the behaviors of family members and will note the size of all members. He will also note the voice tone of every member for example when mother speaks in a high tone to his young son then, dog will get an instant impression that mother is high in this pack and she has certain authority over other members. It will not take much time for your dog to figure out the leader of the pack and once he identifies him then, he will treat him with extra respect and as a master mostly.
Establish an Alpha Role
You need to make sure that you establish an alpha role as soon as possible in the mind of your dog because in most of the cases, if the dog does not comes up with a conclusion and when he cannot understand the hierarchal system then, he will create his own system and will put him in charge. This is the scenario where dogs face most of the behavioral problems and their attitude becomes very destructive and unacceptable. You should make him believe that there is a perfect system in place where you or someone else is alphas leader but also try to make sure that your dog is not coming in the end of that system as it will create doubts in dog’s mind and he will try to come up in the system. With proper training, you can make your dog believe that he has a much slid position in the family and he needs to understand that position and act accordingly. Some families ignore their dog too much and treat them even after kids which give the dog an impression that kids are higher than them in this system. This can make them aggressive towards children.
Do Not Bring in Jealousy in Dog’s Mind
Another very common psychological problem with dogs can be jealousy. When a new baby is born or you introduce a new pet in the house then, your dog will obviously go through some jealousy and this jealousy can either lead to an aggressive attitude or it can make your dog silent and quiet. This happens because the dog has a thought that he understood the whole pack and this new addition disturbed that whole understanding. He starts to think that what the place of new addition is and how will he treated with that new addition. It can sometime make him aggressive to that new pet or baby. Proper and healthy training of your dog is the only way out of this situation and if you keep providing him with same kind of time and training then, it will not create any doubts in his mind and he will know that his status in the pack is not disturbed with that addition and he will have no insecurity or jealousy.
Dog’s memory is another very important aspect of his psychology. There has been a long research on this topic but basically there are two types of memories which are associated with digs. One is recall memory and as a result of most researches, it has been known that recall memory of dogs is quiet short and it is not more than 2-3 hours. The second type of memory is the ability to associate and this memory part of dogs is quite substantial and long lasting.
Basic Dog Training Methods
In this chapter, I will tell you some concrete methods which will help you in training your dog and making its behavior better towards you and your family.
❖ Management of dog’s behavior
❖ Exercise for your dog
❖ Make him understand the structure of your family system
❖ Make your dog kids friendly
If you have adopted a puppy and have brought him home then, it is your responsibility to teach him certain things which can socialize him. He should know the tactics to live accordingly with your family and should not create any mess. There are different methods to do that and one of them is to hire some professional dog trainer but that is for people who have too much money to spend on their dog. You can also do this at your own very easily because there is no rocket science involved in this training and you can do it effectively.
Management of Dog’s Behavior
First of all, you need to groom your dog behavior wise and tell him some basic things and adjustments which he has to make in his behavior. You need to keep an eye on your dog all the time in initial days and if you are leaving your new dog at home then, you can use a crate to keep him away from mess. Crate should be made big enough so that dog can move around in that crate and also try not to use that crate overtime. When you are at home, bring your dog in your room and keep an eye on him. Some people have this idea of unleashing their dog at home but this is done when you have properly trained your dog’s behavior and you see no more glitches which you need to fix. In starting days, you should always keep your dog on leash. Some dogs have this habit of chewing the leash and for such dogs you can use a chain leash.
Exercise for Your Dog
There are two ways to do exercise for your dog and these are mental and physical. In order to improve your dog’s animal instincts and make him friendlier, you need to cope with both of his mental and physical exercises. Physical exercises are necessary to keep him healthy and in good shape while mental exercises are also important because these will help him to understand you and your commands more properly and he will be able to mix with your family atmosphere more effectively. Yo9u need to make sure that your dog gets aerobic exercises as these aerobics allow your dog to increase the blood rate and burn off pent up energy.
You also need to know that dogs have a very curious nature and you need to make sure that your dog explores everything around and he should use his sense of smell to investigate his surroundings. A stuffed Kong or toy is the best way to provide entertainment to your dog as well as you and your family. These toys are readily available at almost all pet stores and they are a great fun to have. If you do not provide your dog with entertainment and physical activities then, he will become over aggressive and will start to show some bad behavior at times. You should keep learning different training skills from internet and apply them o your dog to teach him some good and energetic tricks and skills. This will allow you to spend time with him and he will also enjoy all of this.
Make Him Understand the Structure Of Your Family System
Dogs are social animals and they are also pack animals. They have this habit of living in packs where they have a specific leader of their pack. When you bring in home, then, you also need to make sure that you are providing him with good understanding of your family system in which there should be one head of your family. You can also make yourself as the master or leader of your dog by controlling his activities. Food, sleep, playing and exercise are the 4 basic activities of your dog and if you can control these then, your dog will accept you as your leader.Other Details
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