Dog Training
Some Training for the new Pup

Have you ever heard someone say " that stupid dog just won't listen to me, but he listensto my wife ". This usually happens when a family gets adog. The pup right off the bat knows who it has to listen to and who it doesn't. If the father or mother takes the time to train the pup, whoever sets the example gets the respect. Let's say thefather can't get a handle on training the dog, yet the mother has no problem. Why would this happen? One reason and one reason only, the mother set the stage and let the pup know she is the boss. The father on the other hand may not have used the same approach. In the case of the mother, the pup has submitted to her, and as far as he is concerned mom is the top dog in this pack. The dog is second and the father is third.

It's not hard to see why some people have more luck training a pup than others. Just one thing - luck does not enter into the picture. If you are fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot of time with a pup you will have a better chance of forming a lasting bond. The same as a pack does. The more time you spend with the pup the stronger the pack bond develops, and you will have a more sociable dog . This may not be all together true if you let the dog get away with whatever it wants to. For example, if you decide the dog is not allowed into the living room, and you let him in, what have you taught the dog? Nothing. You have just confused him. He won't know from one time to the next what you want. So someone lets the dog in the house. His feet are dirty and he's in the living room, then he's on the sofa. What do you do now? It's not what you should do now, it's what you should have done in the first place. Don't let the dog in the living room. If you have decided that the dog is going to spend the nights in the house, give him a place that is out of the way of the flow of the family. Somewhere if he is wet it won't matter, and that is his spot. Once you let him know that, and he understands you, he'll feel safe within his pack because he has his spot. Your dog should be at the bottom of the pack not in the middle somewhere.

A young dog will jump up on people. Now for some people this may be acceptable. But consider this: it's been raining all day, you open the gate and Rover is waiting for you. Would you like him to jump up on you with his dirty paws? Or would you sooner have him not jump on you at all. If the answer is not jump on me, then let him know the first time he does it that you will not stand for this behaviour, and correct him right away. The best way to teach your dog this is to knee him in the chest when he jumps on you. Make it count. If you do this right, you may only have to do it a few times. Do not teach your dog to shake a paw, if you don't want that wet paw on you at a later time. Every member of the family has to be involved in this. If only one person lets the dog jump on them, that person is below the dog in the pack, and that is not to be tolerated.

Your young pup will also try to chew on your hands, every time you try to pet him. They are like human infants in this regard. Little children will put everything to their mouth. This is a learning process. The young pup chews everything. The same holds true in this case, if you do not want the pup to bite your hands, let him know this is not acceptable. I've found that by taking a hold of either his nose or his lip, and giving it a firm squeeze, and saying, "NO", and mean it, lets him know that when he bites you it's uncomfortable for him. I know if someone pinched my lip every time I made a mistake, it wouldn't take long, and I'd know, not to do that. Well the pup knows this too. It is very important to remember, if you don't want the grown dog to be chewing your hand every time you go to pet him, teach him now.

Your pup will also want to lick your face. In his world this is acceptable. When a dog wants to show a more dominant dog that it is yielding to its superiority, it will approach from underneath the others head. It will lick and chew on the more dominant dog's neck, and around the mouth. This is the important part. When he does that to you, and you let him, he will get a little more brave. If you do not show him at this time that this is not acceptable, he will get rougher, and rougher. This is his way of testing you to see if you'll roll over, and submit to him. By letting your dog get away with a simple little thing like biting at your hands, you just told him that your a real push over, and he doesn't have to listen to you. That puts you under the dog in his pack. Remember, think like the dog.

I once read somewhere that one good correction, is worth a thousand incorrect corrections, I really believe this. Consider this: all day long you have been just slightly bumping your head going through an opening, you probably wouldn't think too much about it right. On the other hand, if you walked through this opening, and really smashed your head, wouldn't you duck the next time? The same holds true for the dog. He learns the same way. Please realize I'm not telling you to beat your dog up by any means, but keep in mind the way the dog thinks. Being firm once or twice is a lot better than having to punish your dog every day, or three or four times a day, for the rest of his life, or until you get tired of it.

Try to keep in mind once you have punished your dog he'll still want to be near you. You can correct your dog, and within 2 seconds he'll want to be petted. You would have to beat a dog, really beat him, before he'd want to run away from you. That is the way it is in the world of the dog. He needs his pack and he doesn't mind being put in his place from time to time, and his place is at the bottom. Try to always remember think like the dog. That's all there is to it. These same basic rules also apply to an adult dog you have taken into your home. You may have heard the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." Obedience, is not a trick, it should be a way of life for your dog, and if you think like the dog, you can make your new dog understand that what happened in his old pack, doesn't work here.

Quotes & Sayings

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

~Roger Caras