Things you need to do to earn respect and obedience of your dog.
When you bring a dog or dogs into your home, either a puppy or an adult, you want them to be happy and have a good life. However, they are pack animals. This means for them to be happy, safe, secure, and thrive in a human world… you will need to show leadership. This sets acceptable boundaries and leads them how to behave in different situations.
So, do not think of leadership as telling your dog off all the time; it is about doing what is best for them.
How to be a good leader of the pack
These are the types of things I think you will need to consider:
Although dogs may not understand language, they recognize sounds and can associate them with a particular activity. As a result, keep things simple because adding unnecessary words can lead to confusion. Use short words with one or two syllables. Things like, no, good, sit and stay, for example. When you use marker words like this after the dog does a correct activity and then follow it up with something the dog appreciates, the dog is more likely to repeat the behavior that earned the humans' approval. Treats are the best thing to use to reinforce good behavior.
Be in charge of the feeding schedule.
Dogs should understand that you are in charge of their food and that your food is not the same as theirs. They are not permitted to eat until you tell them to; the dog must wait before eating and not begin until you ask him to. Control the surroundings and feed them in different home areas instead of feeding them in the same place every day. Use puzzle trays, kongs, and smell games to slow them down, to appreciate the food, and work for their meal if they eat their food in two seconds flat.
You can do what you want.
The leader of the pack does not require permission to travel or go anywhere. When a group has a strong leader, they are not worried when the leader leaves because they trust the leader to come back. They are confident that everything will be fine because the leader is in charge. If your dog exhibits separation anxiety, it is a sign that he questions your leadership abilities. Your doggie is nervous because they believe you might not return or that they don't know what to do without you.
When you leave home, you want your furry friend to be calm. They can want to come with you, but they should be ok if they are not allowed. Then when you return, they should be happy, but it shouldn't be a big deal because they knew you were coming home. You should also avoid making a big issue about leaving the house, and you should also be calm when you return. Put your shopping away, hang your coat, and wait for your dog to calm down, and then greet him only when he is calm and relaxed. I know it's fun to welcome a joyful, excited dog, but you need to keep things low-key until you've figured out how to deal with separation anxiety.
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Be calm and don't punish
Your dog will occasionally put your nerves to the test. It is unavoidable, but you will still love them no matter what. It's critical to retain your calm in instances like this and learn from them. If you arrive home and discover that your dog has chewed the furniture or pooped on your new rug, remember it is only a rug, and your doggo is much more important than a rug. The idea is that losing your cool and yelling or shouting at your dog will have an impact on your connection with them. This can lead to a dog distrustful or scared of you, their leader, making training difficult. Keeping calm and practicing positive training will result in a dependable four-legged friend who is eager to learn.
Being a leader never ends.
Dog training should be a part of everyday life: they should wait at doors, walk by your side, get in the car when requested, never jump up, come when called, they walk well on or off-leash, able to be comfortable in pubs and cafes, be calm in other peoples homes, be quiet when other humans or dogs come into their home, and not be protective over food or toys.
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When you see nature programs on the TV, the alpha in a wolf pack isn't the leader because they are always shouting and are feared. They are leaders because they have experience, they are trusted, and they are loved. However, if anyone does stand up to their authority, then they must be put in their place. This can lead to violence in wolf packs, but it should never happen in your group. You should never hurt or harm your dog or puppy, and they should not be scared of you. They should know that you are the boss and that they should want to follow you.
Some dogs are more trainable than others, and different rewards drive them. This should have been something you should have researched before you got your new puppy. Dogs are not inherently naughty or trouble; lack of good training causes this, which is your fault as the leader. So, be a good leader, and you will have a good dog.