Pack Theory and Leadership/Home Manners

Hiking with Trained Dogs is a Breeze

Dogs are social animals they need to be with others of their kind.   They relate to their kind similarly to our social requirements as humans, thus making dogs ideal companions in many ways.  If we understand some basic things about nature and what the dog does without our intervention, we can understand how to help train our dogs to have a mutually beneficial relationship that is satisfying and meeting his needs as well as our own.

Order and Boundaries

Important to note is that the dog’s survival of his family or pack members weighs solely on the ability to maintain order and have clear boundaries in place.    We will meet those intrinsic canine needs through training and providing clear boundaries and structure.  This will allow your dog to feel safe and secure and help him adjust to the best of his abilities into our social human society.  After all, your dog can’t know if he runs into the street it is dangerous for him if you don’t teach him.  He simply can’t understand the words without instruction from you.

Whatever your goals might be, training can be a wonderful companion to exercise.  Training helps reduce anxieties such as separation destructive behavior.  We are going to start our education with our dog in a format that follows his basic needs for order and structure to help create a long and balanced bond between you and your dog.

Your dog is learning from you all the time. Will your dog learn good things or bad things?

Training Equipment: Your training starts the moment you get up and greet your dog.  Attach his training equipment:  A leash, line, remote collar or slip snap style collar first thing in the morning.  Take all training equipment off when you leave the house or are unable to supervise his actions.

Supervise your dog at all times

If you are unable to supervise your dog’s actions, then put him safely away into a containment or management system.  A crate, dog run, exercise pen are examples.  Ask if you need suggestions on what is best to help your needs.

Do not hold your dog responsible if he is not being supervised and gets in to trouble.  It’s not his fault.

The Long Line– it is an important tool in the beginning of your training and will help you reinforce and guide the dog to or away from what you are teaching him.  Your dog should be wearing a long line whenever you are home with him in the beginning stages of training.

Never Give Your Dog the Opportunity to Disobey Unless You Can Enforce or Reinforce What You Ask of Him.

Never Give a Command You Cannot Enforce.

Although it is fair to say nothing is absolute, the above are good rules to follow to the best of your abilities, trying to be a consistent and fair as possible with your dog.  Remember, if you can’t supervise his actions then put him away where he cannot be successful at doing the wrong behavior.

Well Behaved Dogs and Well Behaved Children!

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