Dog Behavior - Teach You To Train Your Dog

Teach You To Train Your Dog

Basic Dog Obedience Training
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Dog Behavior and Understanding Drive and Perceptions

Pack animals - we’ve all heard the term, let’s look at what it means.

Dogs need to hang out with us, it’s all instinct, a need they must satisfy. In the wild    this helps the animals survive. In our homes these “drives” can be useful or    disastrous. What makes this difference? Our understanding of the dog, it’s purpose    for using a behavior, and how interactions with all environmental factors (humans    especially) are being perceived and used by your dog.   There are three major drives: Defense, Pack, and Prey   Defense   These instincts protect dogs when they perceive a threat or when under attack. It    forces the animal into running, fighting, or a combination of both. Using this drive is    not a way for you to train your pet. Emotionally, use of this drive for training forces a    pet to work with you out of fear. That is dangerous and detrimental to a happy    relationship.   Pack   This drive relates to social order, insuring all work needed to survive together gets    done. Humans call it “hierarchy.” To pets, these are lateral positions, with no one job    more important than any other. Survival depends on this order. This is the drive most    used in training. It’s also the area causing the most trouble due to misinterpretation.    Leaders are supposed to give the commands and corrections for the group.   If a dog is the leader, he can bite you. Discipline is part of it’s job. When used    correctly these drives help to ensure calm, confident behavior, emotional stability,    and a trust in its human’s guidance.   Prey   A usable drive - Watch a police officer throw a toy to reward a task well done.   The dog is thrilled to “go after” the ball. Back yard games with pets are wonderful    times that can be had together!   The other side of this drive is dangerous. A dog gets the same thrill no matter what    he chooses to chase. (cars, children, other animals). An out of control prey drive can    kill. Mauling the catch can follow as the thrill becomes too intense for the pet to    control. We address this by not allowing your dog to chase anything...ever. If your    dog is allowed to chase a cat, for example they can get so engrossed in the chase    they could run in front of a car and get hurt.   To have a dog and not properly train them, in my opinion, is detrimental to the dog    and their happiness.
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Three Biggest Mistakes Owners Make
  1. Owners and Trainers alike treat dogs like Humans!
  2. Dog owner’s, especially small dog owners think their dogs DON'T NEED training  
  3. They Hire a Trainer
You are the best person to train your dog. They need to obey your commands because you told them to, There will be no consistency with the way you give commands if they learn it from someone else.
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