Dog Training – Who’s in Charge?

ScooterIt is important that dog training includes teaching your dog that you are the head of the household. For you to have a healthy relationship with your dog, he needs to realize you are in charge. If he is a little out of touch with this idea, you will need some good advice about correcting this problem. 

There is a difference between being disobedient and not understanding a command. If your dog is being disobedient, it means he does understand what you want him to do, but is not obeying you. If he doesn’t understand you, it is a matter of spending time training him until he does. Maybe you have asked him to do something before and he has done it, but now is disregarding your request—this is being defiant!

This may seem trivial but it can be quite serious, especially if he runs into traffic and pays no attention to you. Your relationship will also suffer as a consequence. If you don’t do something about this dog problem, it will only worsen. He is not respecting you by taking no notice of what you are telling him.

Tips on how to take charge

For your dog to be happy, you need to take charge. He needs to know that you are the authority figure and he is below you on the social scale. So, to handle this disobedience, you need to reinstate your control. Here is some advice on how to do this:

  • Go out of the house and car ahead of your dog: This is alpha behavior and, to a dog, the alpha always goes out first. Order him to “wait” while you leave the car or the house first. Then let him follow by your command. If he is allowed to leave first he will think that he is stronger than you are and he makes the decisions.
  • Control his meal times: Have your meals first and try to vary his feeding schedule. When you put his bowl down, tell him to wait and sit until you tell him it’s okay to eat. This will show him you are in charge.
  • Restrict his access: Limit his right to use all areas of your house. Let him know that some rooms and furniture are not for his use. He needs to know that it is a privilege to enter where he is allowed. Letting him stay inside awhile and then letting him outside for a short time enforces your authority.
  • Be the one to start playing: Never let your dog provoke you into playing with him. You should be the one to start it. To get attention or if he wants to play, he may nudge you. If you start playing after this, he will think he is the boss. Ignore him at this point, wait until he gives up, and then you initiate the play. Playing is a great way to bond with your dog, but it has to be on your terms.
  • Ignore him when you first get home: Upon your arrival back home, refrain from giving him your affection for a few minutes. This may be hard at first, because it is probably a natural reaction for you to greet him when you get home. By holding off a little, this will emphasized your authority.
More info about dog training

To get you started in the right direction when it comes to understanding your dog. You may like to read 5 Dog Training Myths. It is a free report which may change your ideas about commonly misunderstood concepts about dogs.

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You will get a great deal more information by checking out Secrets to Dog Training, written by a professional dog trainer. It covers all subjects that you, as a responsible dog owner, should know.

Click here for this step-by-step dog training guide to help you take charge.

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